KS3 Sport

Key Stage Three Physical Education

This subject provides a framework that allows students to develop an understanding of the skills required in a variety of activities. The focus in Year 7 is to introduce the basic skills and techniques. In Year 8 students develop these skills and identify their strengths and area of improvement in order to further understand the activities. They are also taught the fundamentals of tactics and strategies.


Course outline

All pupils in Key Stage 3 follow a termly activity timetable that provides opportunity for development in games activities, health and fitness, athletics and gymnastics.

Year 7 and 8

Terms 1-4: Range of activities from: Football, Rugby, Basketball, Badminton, Health Related Fitness, Table Tennis, Gymnastics and Cross Country.

Terms 5-6: Range of activities from: Softball, Athletics, Tennis and Table Tennis


Key Skills:

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Key words and language
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Health and safety principles
  • Team work and cooperation
  • Decision making
  • Officiating
  • Healthy lifestyle choices


Assessment and Progression


A combination of mid topic and end of topic, teacher observed assessments.



A wide selection of extra-curricular clubs which change at the end of every two terms.

Clubs are open to all and run from 3:20 – 4:30.

House Competitions:

Term 1: Cross Country

Term 2: Football

Term 3: Basketball

Term 4: Table Tennis

Term 5: Softball

Term 6: Tennis and Athletics



Mr Tamblin

(Head of PE)

GCSE Physical Education

This exciting course is based on a balanced framework of theory and practical performance. The majority of lessons are classroom based, with only a small proportion of practical lessons.

Course outline

The course is divided into 3 key sections.


Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. (30% of the GCSE)

  • Applied anatomy and physiology: The musculoskeletal system, the cardio-respiratory system, anaerobic and aerobic exercise, the short and long term effects of exercise
  • Movement Analysis: Lever systems and the mechanical advantage they provide in movement, planes and axes of movement
  • Physical Training: The relationship between health and fitness and the role of exercise, the components of fitness, benefits for sport and how fitness is measured, the principles of training and their application to personal exercise programmes, how to optimise training and prevent injury, effective use of warm up and cool down
  • Use of Data


Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (30% of the GCSE)

  • Sport Psychology: Classification of skills, the use of goal setting and SMART targets to improve and/or optimise performance, Basic information processing, Guidance and feedback on performance, Mental preparation for performance.
  • Socio-cultural influences: Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activity and sport, Commercialisation of physical activity and sport, Ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Health, fitness and well-being: Physical, emotional and social health, fitness and well-being, The consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, Energy use, diet, nutrition and hydration
  • Use of Data


Non Exam Assessment: Practical Performance (40% of the GCSE)

  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer. These must come from a list predetermined by AQA (25 marks each)
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.  Written report (25 marks)

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  



Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)



2 final examinations


Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. 1hr 15minutes


Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.

1hr 15 minutes


Exam questions are a mix of multiple-choice, short and long answers.


Non Exam Assessment

Practical Performance and Analysis of Performance.


Progression to Post-16:

A-Level PE.


Future career links:

PE Teacher

Sport and Leisure Industry

Coaching and Sports development




Mr Tamblin – Head of PE


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