At KS3, students will study a variety of activities including Netball, Hockey, Football, Rugby, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Swimming, Problem Solving, Fitness, Rounders, Athletics, Tennis and Cricket. All students will participate in at least 2 hours of PE per week.
At the beginning of KS3 the curriculum seeks to develop a student’s physical literacy skills, enhancing their ability to link generic skills through different activities. As the key stage progresses students seek to refine core skills and enhance complex movements. Throughout the key stage students are provided with every opportunity to evaluate and improve their own and others’ work enabling them to provide a detailed analysis on performance by the end of Year 9. During KS3 there is a consistent focus on independent learning allowing students to develop their leadership capabilities enabling them to develop confidence and resilience.
In Year 9, students will select their option pathway for KS4. Students will have the opportunity to discuss this with their class teacher to ensure an appropriate pathway is selected.
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Homework: Homework is not formally set in core PE lessons, but we do encourage our students to develop independently by attending extra-curricular activities and participating in community clubs.
Groupings: Half of a year group are on PE at the same time during the school week. We then split the students into 6 groups (3 girls groups and 3 boys groups). In year 7 students are initially placed in mixed ability groups. As they move into Year 8 we use the model of 1 higher ability group and 2 mixed ability groups. After trialling different models of setting, we find this is the most effective way for us.
Assessment in PE is in line with the whole school assessment policy. Assessment of student progress will incorporate the following three areas:
1- Fitness – teachers will assess students’ level of fitness.
2- Performance – teachers will assess students’ physical proficiency based upon:
- Competency in a variety of skills & techniques across a range of sports.
- Effectiveness of performance in small sided games.
3- Personal development – teachers will assess students’ ability to demonstrate the five key values of;