Physical Education

Last modified 14/12/2009 10:08

At Dylan Thomas Community School we pride ourselves on our commitment to PE and Sport.  We have recently been awarded The Active Marc Award in recognition of a commitment to the delivery of quality Physical Education and School Sport as well as the Healthy Schools Award in recognition of our commitment to developing healthy lifestyles.

Students in Key Stage 3 cover a range of activities which give a balanced PE programme. The major games are taught in single sex groups (Rugby/Football for boys, Hockey/Netball for girls).  Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Badminton, Outdoor and Adventerous Activities and Health Related Exercise are taught in mixed sex groups. In Key Stage 4, students have two PE lessons a fortnight in which they have the opportunity to select a range of activities including Yoga, Exercise to Music and Weight Training activities. There is also the opportunity to take part in GCSE PE and Sport Leaders and Dance Leaders Award.

Group Activity

In Key Stage 3, students’ have the opportunity to explore the use of choreographic devices through choreography; to perform and appreciate dances. Students’ explore various stimuli through the language of dance. There is a strong emphasis on choreography, performance and appreciation of students’ own work and professional works throughout Key Stage 3 Dance. All work relies upon students’ ability to problem solve and work in groups.

At Key Stage 4, students can opt to take GCSE Dance. This builds on Students’ skills acquired in Key Stage 3 Dance. Students’ are assessed in their performance in a group dance, performance of a set study, choreography, appreciation of a professional work and dancer in action.

Students’ are encouraged to participate in many public performances, such as The Eisteddfod and the Summer Show. Students’ are encouraged to take part in various dance trips to the theatre throughout the year.


Our students currently follow the Edexcel Physical Education Syllabus.
The course is 60% practical and 40% theory.  Students are given the opportunity to undertake a one week residential course on Rock Climbing at Rhossili Outdoor centre as well as complete a Gym induction at the local leisure centre.

Where possible, students follow their own individualised practical activities timetable.  This allows students to gain the maximum possible grades working with the activities and sports that they perform best in.

The theory element of the course involves the following:

Healthy Active lifestyles –
Healthy active lifestyles and how they could benefit you.
Your Healthy Active Body –
A Healthy Mind and Body and your;
Cardiovascular system/Muscular system/Skeletal system/Respiratory system

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to their timetabled PE and games lessons, Years 7 to 11 also take part in a series of fixtures and tournaments.  Clubs are organised for a range of sports: Rugby, Football, Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Short Tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Rounders and Athletics.  Clubs are open to all students, regardless of ability.  There is also a comprehensive midweek fixture list involving teams from Dylan Thomas competing with other local secondary schools.  Dylan Thomas students are invited to trials for District and County teams.