Key Stage 3

Pupils will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games (striking and fielding games, such as cricket, rounders and softball; net games such as tennis, badminton, table tennis and short tennis; and invasion games such as rugby, netball, football, basketball and uni hoc)
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (multi sports, virtual athletics, athletics, gymnastics, trampolining, X country, indoor rowing and cycling)
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms (girls only)
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group (through team games, problem solving or orienteering and mountain biking.
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best (record and logged in pupil performance portfolios).
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs (exit routes through lunch time clubs, workshops, coaching sessions, leadership opportunities, school teams and community school / club links).
  • Year 7

    In Year 7 all students will follow a broad curriculum to introduce teaching the key processes and key concepts

    All students will begin Year 7 with a 5 week block (10 lessons) of ‘Multi Skills’ and ‘Athletic’ activities to re-visit work covered in Year 5 and 6, evaluate progress in relation to assessment criteria (Steps to Success) and provide a baseline assessment for reporting and monitoring purposes. Students will then be streamed and gender split into a top group of boys and a top group of girls and one ‘development’ group. All students will follow 9 units of 10 lessons.

    In Year 7 students will develop skills in individual and team sports / activities, learning how to apply them in modified games and competitions, evaluate their performance in order to improve on previous best scores and to take on different roles within the lesson as part of developing leadership.

    In addition to the multi skills and indoor athletics baseline unit all boys will study a range of individual and team games, gymnastics and athletics.

    Girls will follow the same programme of study, as well as exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions through Dance.

    At some stages of the year small specialised groups will be selected to work on a range of multi skills, team building activities, athletics, indoor rowing and cycling, where the focus will be to look at the concepts and principles of the areas of activity on offer to develop skills in these areas and take part on competitive situations.

    In all curriculum areas links made to out of school hours opportunities by offering clubs and activities at lunchtimes and after school that match the areas covered and timings of the curriculum, as well as community based opportunities that are advertised.

    All students in Year 7 will work towards attaining a leadership award which will be monitored by the class teacher and to bring in a more competitive element to PE students will take part in a number of mini inter-house competitions and whole school competitions such as X Country and Sports Day.

  • Year 8

    (Refining the use and understanding of the process and concepts in specific areas)

    In Year 8 all students will continue to follow a broad curriculum through 9 blocks of 10 lessons to refine teaching of the key processes and key concepts. During this year students will get to study specific sporting areas in more depth and look at how skills and process transfer across different areas; working towards personal best scores, a more consistent application of skills in individual and team games in modified competitions, as well as developing knowledge of tactics and strategies and performance of other roles within the sports covered.

    All students will be encouraged to become familiar with cross curricular links and links to outside of school opportunities, including those in the community.

    During Year 8 students will develop an understanding of their learning needs by placing a greater emphasis of evaluation of performance through assessment for learning. They will be given the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses in performance and recognise a common ‘ language for learning’ that will help them improve performance and make informed choices about pathways outside of lessons.

    All students will develop their understanding of healthy lifestyles and fitness through looking at how to monitor and improve fitness, with links to life outside of school.

    All students will study a range of team and individual games and then other competitive sports such athletics and gymnastics. In addition to this, the girls will study an additional unit dance to exploring and communicate ideas, concepts and emotions.

    As in Year 7 all students will work towards achieving an award for ‘leadership’ within lessons that will be assessed and monitored by the class teacher. They will also take part in mini inter-house competitions and whole school competition, through X Country and Sports Day events.

    In addition to the normal curriculum, some students may be selected to take part in other areas of activity, such as rowing, cycling and athletics to develop a different set of skills as part of PE intervention or to apply advanced skills in competitive situations.

  • Year 9

    (Applying a range of skills and understanding of tactics and strategies to be successful in competitions)

    In Year 9 all students will again follow a programme of 9 units taught over 5 weeks. Students will be expected to understand how they can progress towards set goals and targets or personal best scores and will understand the associated language for learning. This is developed in preparation for the end of Key Stage 3 grading/assessment.

    All students will study specific activity areas in more detail showing progression from previous years and beginning to develop a clear idea of their strengths and weakness in performance and use more advanced skills, tactics and strategies to be successful in modified and full competitive versions of the activity being covered.

    During Year 9 students will be introduced to the basic principles of ‘Sports Education’ and will be expected to  show a greater understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the different roles involved in sport, such as performer, leader, coach and official and this will be used to monitor student progress towards a leadership award.

    All students will study a range of individual and team games and other competitive sports such as athletics and trampolining.

    All students will continue to work towards a leadership certificate by showing their ability to take on different roles within lessons and all students will continue experience what it is like to take part in fully competitive situations through mini inter-house competitions and whole school competition in the form of X Country and Sports Day.

    Once again some students may be selected to take part in specialist workshop to develop more advanced skills, to broaden their experience of sport or to develop basic skills as part of an intervention programme.

  • How are Students Monitored and Assessed in Key Stage 3

    Assessment will be based on the whole school approach to assessment at KS3. Students will be judged on their progress in the PE ‘steps to success’ learning checklist.

    Assessment is ongoing throughout KS3 and judgments are based on progress within lessons, during extra- curricular sport and through information gathered about students participation outside of school, in sports that may not be accessed within the school setting.  The categories for assessment from September 2014 are as follows:

    1. Fundamental Skill Development in Games
    2. Fundamental Skill Development in Individual Activities (Gymnastics, Dance and Athletics)
    3. Application of Skills in Games and Individual Activities.
    4. Use of Tactics and Strategies
    5. Analysis and evaluation of performance to improve performance and previous best score
    6. Swimming
    7. Lifelong Health and Fitness
    8. Taking on different roles in sport such as officiating, coaching and leading.

    There are also two key strands used for assessment in Physical Education:

    • Summative Assessment - students will be assessed in a variety of core tasks for formal assessment of skills and application of skills, tactics and strategies and through observation of their participation in each lesson, showing understanding and the ability to evaluate performance and take on different roles within the lesson.
    • Formative Assessment – students will be assessed through learning conservations with the teacher about progress towards the outcomes of the unit, identification of strengths and weaknesses and understanding about how to improve on past performances. This might be a verbal or written assessment.

    Assessment will be on a scale of 0-7 and will be linked to progress through KS4 and into GCSE’s. A grade of 1 will be given to students who are deemed to have the necessary skills and understanding to be what might be described as ‘secondary ready’ for Physical Education.