S5 / S6 PE

S5/6 CORE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

This course is based on personalisation and choice, dependant on timetabling issues and staffing. A variety of activities are on offer and pupils make a choice – each activity runs for 4-5 weeks, then pupils choose again.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
(National 4/National 5)

This Course is suitable for all students who have an interest in and enthusiasm for developing their physical performance, either to pursue study and career options related to physical education or to broaden their learning experience.
The aim of this course is to enable students to develop, demonstrate and improve their performance and to develop approaches to enhance their performance through evaluation and analysis in a variety of activities. It is anticipated that basketball, volleyball and badminton will be the core activities on offer and then students will be given a choice from swimming, gymnastics, football and hockey. This option will allow for course personalisation and choice, in line with Curriculum for Excellence, but will be dependant on timetabling issues.
Throughout this course students will experience a range of roles and responsibilities; this will allow them to develop interpersonal skills and will contribute to their social and emotional development. The course also provides an opportunity to support the way that individual attitudes, values and behaviours are formed. By actively participating in physical activities, students can demonstrate initiative, decision making and problem solving.
Students who complete this course will be able to: -
• Develop and demonstrate knowledge/understanding of the principles and factors underpinning and impacting on performance
• Describe/explain factors which impact positively and negatively on performance in physical activity
• Build capacity to improve performance
• Monitor and analyse performance to inform and influence personal improvement
Within this course there are two units: -
• Performance Skills (9 SCQF credit points)
• Factors Impacting on Performance (9 SCQF credit points)
It is anticipated that in S3 students who elect to do Physical Education will follow a common course where they will take part in a range of physical activities and study the underlying principles which impact on performance; physical factors, mental factors, emotional factors and social factors.
In S4 there will be more emphasis on personalisation and specialisation, depending on student level of presentation – National 4 or National 5.
National 4
All units at National 4 are assessed internally on a pass/fail basis. Students who complete the Performance Skills Unit will be able to: -
• Demonstrate a range of basic performance skills in two physical activities.
Students who complete the Factors Impacting on Performance Unit will be able to: -
• Demonstrate knowledge of factors which impact on performance in physical activities
• Develop performance in one physical activity
• Evaluate the performance development process.
In S4, students will be given the opportunity to complete an Added Value Unit (6 SCQF credit points) focusing on challenge and application; integrating, extending and applying the skills and knowledge they have developed in S3. This will be assessed through a ‘special/competitive’ performance, which will provide evidence of the student’s ability to prepare for and carry out a performance in one physical activity.
National 5
Students who complete the Performance Skills Unit will be able to: -
• Demonstrate a broad range of movement and performance skills during physical activities
The student’s ability to plan and prepare for, effectively perform, and evaluate personal performance improvement in one physical activity will be assessed. This unit will have 60 marks (60% of the total marks) and be internally assessed.
Students who complete the Factors Impacting on Performance Unit will be able to: -
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors which impact on performance in physical activities
• Develop performance in physical activities
• Evaluate the performance development process.
This will be assessed through a portfolio which will be submitted to the SQA for external marking.
The portfolio will have 40 marks (40% of the total marks) and will provide the basis for grading attainment – from A-D. To gain the course award the student must pass both the portfolio and the performance unit.

Physical Education
Higher

This course is suitable for students who have an interest in and enthusiasm for developing movement and performance skills. It will broaden their learning experience and contribute to their own health and wellbeing. The course is also suitable for learners progressing from the National 5 Physical Education Course, because it will give them the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to pursue further study or a career in Physical Education.

In this course, students are provided with the opportunity to build physical competencies, improve aspects of fitness, and maximise activity in and enjoyment of physical activities.
The course will give students the opportunity to develop and enhance movement and performance skills and to develop and apply knowledge and understanding to the analysis and evaluation of performance in physical activities. Students will develop their thinking skills through planning, problem-solving and analysing performance.
Physical Education acts as a stimulus for personal achievement, and this makes it an ideal platform for developing confidence, resilience, responsibility and working co-operatively with others. The course also promotes mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
Students will be able to contribute effectively in a range of contexts, and will develop the ability to provide explanations for, and reflect on, their own performances and those of others. The insights gained from the course will enable students to progress confidently onto further study, training or employment.

The main purpose of this course is to develop and demonstrate a broad and comprehensive range of complex skills in challenging contexts. Students will develop the ability to use strategies to make appropriate decisions for effective performance. They will also analyse a performance, understand what is required to develop it and then apply this knowledge to their own performance.
By actively participating in physical activities, students will demonstrate initiative, decision-making and problem-solving. They will experience a range of roles and responsibilities, and this will enable them to develop their interpersonal skills. The course also provides an opportunity to support the way that individual attitudes, values and behaviours are formed as physical education contributes to both social and emotional development.
The main aims of the course are to enable the learner to:
• Develop a broad and comprehensive range of complex movement and performance skills, and demonstrate them safely and effectively across a range of challenging contexts
• Select and apply skills and make informed decisions to effectively perform in physical activities
• Analyse factors that impact on performance
• Understand how skills, techniques and strategies combine to produce an effective performance
• Analyse and evaluate performance to enhance personal effectiveness

The course assessment consists of two components, a performance (60% of the total marks) and a question paper (40% of the total marks). The performance component will be assessed internally, by PE staff in school, and the question paper will be set and marked externally by the SQA