Physical Education and Dance

PE & Dance
Physical Education helps students increase physical activity, both in and out of school. Children enrolled in physical education classes not only improve their own health but also learn to have a more positive attitude toward physical fitness in general. Children learn to draw a correlation between physical health and general well-being, which resonates outside of the gym or classroom.
Students who take physical education courses are more likely to be active outside of school, participating in a variety of sports and other physical activities. Students can also use PE class to learn which sorts of physical activities they are interested in. Through exposure to a wide variety of activities, students can discover which ones engage them the most, making them more likely to continue exercising regularly.
Physical education also helps children build social skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for others. Finally, physical education can actually help improve academic performance. Even moderate physical activity can improve both attention and brain function, helping kids concentrate better in class and perform better on exams.
At Magna, we focus not just on being physically active but we aim to develop your leadership skills, coaching ability and your ability to evaluate performance. Students get the opportunity to play a wide variety of sports, including Football, Basketball, Rugby, Badminton and Dance, to name a few. Students are also encouraged to attend at least one enrichment sports club. 

What will I learn?

In Years 7 and 8, students complete a purely practical course designed to give each student the opportunity to experience as many different sports or activities as possible. During these 2 years, the students will lead warm-ups, lead small sessions, evaluate the performance of other students and provide feedback as a role of a coach.
In Years 9 to 11, students who opt to study Health and Fitness will complete an NCFE VCert Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness. The course is focussed on developing the knowledge of Principles of Health and Fitness, Healthy Lifestyles and Planning a Preparing a Fitness Programme.
Alongside these theory elements, you will complete a range of practical lessons including fitness testing and training.
The course is divided into 4 Units:
Unit 1: Principles of Health and Fitness – Internally assessed coursework 
Unit 2: Healthy Lifestyles – Internally assessed coursework
Unit 3: Preparing and Planning for Health and Fitness – External Exam
Unit 4: Develop a Personal Health and Fitness Programme – Internally assessed coursework
Overall the coursework elements are worth 75% of the student’s overall grade and the external exam is worth 25%. However, each element needs to hit at least the pass criteria to achieve the qualification in full.


In Years 7 and 8, students complete a unit of Dance within their weekly PE lesson in order to allow them to experience the subject and allow them to make the choice midway through Year 8.
During Years 7 and 8 students also have the opportunity to take part in a dance club and take part in Performing Arts show such as Magna’s Got Talent, and end of year shows.