Physical education

Key Stage 3

Aims of the curriculum

These are the essential skills and processes in physical education that pupils need to learn to make progress:

Developing skills in physical activity

Pupils should be able to:

  • Refine and adapt skills into techniques
  • Develop the range of skills they use
  • Develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills

Making and applying decisions

Pupils should be able to:

  • Select and use tactics, strategies, and compositional ideas in different creative and challenge-type contexts
  • Plan and impletment what needs practising to be more effective in performance
  • Recognise hazards and make decisions about how to control any risks to themselves and others

Developing physical and mental capacity

Pupils should be able to:

  • Develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibilty to cope with the demands of different activities
  • Develop their mental determination to succeed

Evaluating and improving

Pupils should be able to:

  • Analyse performances, identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Make decisions about what to do to improve their performance and the performance of others
  • Act on these decisions in future performances
  • Be clear about what they want to achieve in their own work and what they have actually achieved

Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles

Pupils should be able to:

  • Identify he types of activity they are best suited to
  • Identify the types of role they would like to take on
  • Make choices about their involvement in healthy physical activity

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Term 1 – Multi skills, football, netball, basketball, handball, fitness, volleyball, dodgeball
Term 2 and Term 3 – Athletics, rounders, cricket, trampolining, tag rugby, softball, table tennis, dance

Year 8

Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 – Football, netball, basketball, handball, fitness, volleyball, dodgeball, athletics, rounders, cricket, trampolining, rugby, softball, table tennis, dance

Teaching methods and student organisation

Pupils are taught in ability groups. Groups are a variety of three or four gender groups i.e. boys and girls and in some circumstances mixed groups. Teacher and peer assessment is evident throughout each lesson in regards to improving performance and understanding.

Progression after Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4 Core PE and BTEC 1st Award in sport.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Extracurricular clubs for a variety of activities take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays afterschool in the sports hall. Activities that are available during the year and also dependant on facilities available include trampolining, netball, football, basketball, table tennis, rock climbing, some clubs are weather dependent and will be cancelled if raining due to health and safety concerns.

Summer activities include rounders, cricket, tennis and athletics.

The fitness suite within the sportshall is also open on these days for pupils who wish to improve their fitness and become healthier individuals.

There is a variety of school teams throughout the year which include football, netball, rounders, cricket, etc.

All clubs are dependent on pupil participation and staffing availability.

How can you help your child?

Encourage participation in extra-curricular activities, encourage participation in activies outside of school if your child is thinking of an option choice in PE.

Please can we remind you that all pupils need to bring PE kit at all times, this includes when ill or injured! Pupils will be expected to change into kit and go out with the group whatever the weather or circumstance. Please provide a note in the pupil’s planner explaining any issues or problems.

Details about boys’ PE kit and girls’ PE kit can be found on our uniform pages.

General health guidelines:

Physical activity for young people aged 5-18 – To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5-18 need to do:

  • At least 60 minutes (1 hour) of physical activity every day, which should be a mix of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as fast walking, and or vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. These activities should also involve muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups and sit ups.