Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Physical Education and Sport

Mr A Stradling (Head of Department)

The PE curriculum provides a balanced and varied physical activity programme and, where possible, gives equal opportunity to boys and girls.

At KS3 pupils follow all major sports which include hockey, netball, rugby, football, basketball and athletics together with gymnastics, swimming, badminton, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, baseball, rounders, cricket and health related exercise.

At KS4 the curriculum is broadened so pupils experience activities other than the major sports.

The department feels that all pupils should be given the opportunity to experience a variety of sports. Our aim is to provide enjoyment, enthusiasm and opportunity for pupils to take part in physical education both in school and when they leave.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1

Competitive: Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball
Creative: Gymnastics
Health Fitness and Wellbeing: Swimming

Term 2

Competitive: Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball
Creative: Gymnastics
Health Fitness and Wellbeing: Swimming

Term 3

Competitive: Athletics, tennis, rounders, baseball



Year 8

Term 1

Competitive: Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball
Creative: Gymnastics
Health Fitness and Wellbeing: Swimming

Term 2

Competitive: Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball
Creative: Gymnastics
Adventurous activities: Life saving

Term 3

Competitive: Athletics, tennis, rounders, baseball



Year 9

Term 1

Competitive: Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball
Creative: Gymnastics
Health Fitness and Wellbeing: Swimming, Fitness testing

Term 2

Competitive: Rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball
Creative: Gymnastics
Health Fitness and Wellbeing: Fitness training

Term 3

Competitive: Athletics, tennis, rounders, baseball, cricket


Ways in which parents can help:

  1. Emphasize physical activity at home. "It's a fact that active parents have active children, so to ensure children reap the benefits of physical activity, such as muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and flexibility, children need to be exposed to an active lifestyle at home".
  2. Encourage children to take part in some form of moderate activity for at least one hour a day.
  3. Reinforce the importance of PE on the national curriculum and be supportive of their child's regular participation.

Useful websites:

  1. Hertfordshire Grid for Learning
  2. Physical Activity and Nutrition Network (PANN) Website
  3. Healthy Family Fitness Activity Ideas
  4. NHS Change4Life Website
  5. BBC Bitesize KS3 PE
  6. WJEC PE

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. UNICEF’S Chid Wellbeing Report 2007.

For up to date information on KS4 and 5 courses, please see the Options Booklets

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