Curriculum Structure

Broad General Education (S1-S3)

Physical education provides learners with a platform from which they can build physical competences, improve aspects of fitness, and develop personal and interpersonal skills and attributes.  It enables learners to develop the concepts and skills necessary for participation in a wide range of physical activity, sport, dance and outdoor learning, and enhances their physical wellbeing in preparation for leading a fulfilling, active and healthy lifestyle. They encounter a variety of practical learning experiences, including working on their own, with a partner and in small and large groups, and using small and large equipment and apparatus, both outdoors and indoors.

Learners will demonstrate, refine and advance their practical performance skills in a range of physical activities. Courses will provide opportunities for learners to demonstrate initiative, decision making and problem solving. Learners will work both independently and collaboratively to develop thinking and interpersonal skills. This makes Physical Education an ideal platform for developing confidence, resilience responsibility and leadership.
The first year of the Broad General Education enables pupils to develop basic skills and gain experience in a wide variety of activities. Pupils participate in 3 x 50 minute sessions each week with the focus on practical performance improvement.  Activities within the S1 curriculum include: netball, gymnastics, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, fitness, athletics and softball.
The second year of the Broad General Education is designed to ensure that while developing the depth of their understanding, pupils experience a greater breadth of activities, which encourages them to apply existing skills in new and unfamiliar contexts.
Participating in Physical Education in third year provides learners with the opportunity to build physical competencies, improve their knowledge and understanding of how to assess and develop practical performance and recognise the important contribution that physical activity makes to living a healthy lifestyle.
As in the first two years of the broad general education all pupils participate in 3x50 minute periods of Physical Education a week.
The third year curriculum is designed to maximise opportunities for personalisation and choice while ensuring that pupils experience both challenge and enjoyment. While in second year pupils are provided with the opportunity to identify their preferred activities from first and second year and new activities they would like to see added to their S3 curriculum. This information is used to develop four different activity pathways for pupils entering third year. Before August of S3 pupils opt to follow a specific activity pathway.

Senior Phase

Physical Education within the Senior Phase aims to provide learners with experiences that build on prior learning. Enabling them to develop the knowledge, motivation and competence to live a physically active life, but also the ability to enhance performance through evaluation and analysis.

There are two, distinct curricular pathways in fourth year:

National Qualification

Pupils in fourth year are currently (2014-15) able to choose to undertake certificated courses at:

  • National 4
  • National 5

Pupils who opt for these courses will work towards achieving a National Qualification at the end of fourth year.

Pupils are presented at either National 5 (equivalent to Standard Grade Credit / Intermediate 2) or National 4 (equivalent to Standard Grade General / Intermediate 1). This provides pupils with a recognised SQA National Qualification.

Fourth Year Core Physical Education (all pupils)

All fourth year pupils, including those who choose to undertake a National Qualification, participate in two 50 minute periods of Core Physical Education. The aim of Core Physical Education is to enable pupils to refine, develop and demonstrate movement and performance skills in a number of physical activities. By engaging in practical activities, learners can demonstrate initiative, decision-making and problem-solving. The course provides learners with experiences that encourage them to develop a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle, and recognise the important contribution that physical activity makes to living a healthy lifestyle.

Pupils in fifth and sixth year are currently (2013-14) able to undertake certificated courses at:

The S5 National 4 course provides entry into certificated Physical Education for pupils who have no previous experience of certificated Physical Education. The course closely resembles the National 5 course but at a less challenging level.

The National 5 course provides progression for those pupils who studied National 4 in fourth year and serves as a stepping stone towards Higher in sixth year. S5 pupils with no prior certificated experience may be accepted onto the National 5 course following an interview with the Principal Teacher of Physical Education.

The Higher Physical Education course provides progression for pupils who have previously undertaken the Intermediate 2 course. Pupils who undertake the course will study three elements:

  • Structures and Strategies
  • Skills and Techniques
  • Preparation of the Body

These elements are delivered through three activities Basketball, Badminton and Football respectively. Practical Performance in these activities makes up 40% of the pupil's final grade.