Key Stage 3

Pupils should 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 [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms
  • 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
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs

All pupils will have an opportunity to increasingly personalise their learning in PE as they progress through the Key Stage. The pupils in Year 9 will follow a pathways system that will allow groups to specialise in certain activity areas and allow for a smooth transition into the Key Stage 4 PE programme.

All PE lessons in Key Stage 3 will be taught in single sex ability based groups.

The curriculum will also allow the pupils to experience a variety of roles and modes of participation and to develop skills in ICT to support specialist provision in the school.

National Curriculum Attainment Target
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Aims
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Homework
It is not the policy of the Department to set homework in Physical Education, but we would hope that all students will participate in some sporting or health related activity post school hours at some stage during the week. However pupils are encouraged to develop their knowledge of activities outside lessons either through extra-curricular clubs or individual tasks set by the class teacher.

Assessment
All students will be assessed as to their ability to produce the necessary component parts, in fulfilling the above aims. Assessment will take place using an internally monitored and standardised system throughout these three years. Each year group will receive assessment information in line with the school's programme of reporting at the appropriate time.

Core

All students in Years 10 and 11 will participate in Physical Education, as part of their Core PE programme. A variety of activities will be offered to all students through a structured programme that will empower the students’ learning experiences and provide opportunity for the pupils to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle.

The majority of students will be taught in single sex groupings in order to specifically cater for the varying needs of the students, and groups will follow the timetabled activities decided at the start of the academic year.

Across Year 10 and Year 11, all students will cover aspects of health-related fitness either through a discreet unit or through a programme of activities.

In addition to the Core PE programme an extensive range of extra-curricular activities will be offered throughout the year. These activities will further extend the opportunities and experiences available to all students in Year 10 and Year 11 and will encourage participation in their own healthy, active lifestyles.

Over the two years of the key stage all students will be assessed in line with whole school procedures.

GCSE

All students have the option of choosing GCSE Physical Education (Edexcel syllabus) in addition to their core PE programme in Year 10 and Year 11.

It is our intention to offer gender-specific routes to achieving this qualification to ensure that personalisation of learning is integral to delivery. This will be dependent upon student uptake of the course. In order for those that choose to study the subject, to achieve the higher grades on the course, practical ability, leadership skills and strong theoretical understanding will need to be demonstrated. This will be complemented by high levels of proficiency in English and Science.

The provisional specification for the course is as follows:

  • 36% Written Exam (1 hour 45 minutes) - Fitness & Body Systems
  • 24% Written Exam (1 hour 15 minutes) - Health & Performance
  • 30% Internally assessed & Externally moderated Practical Performance in 3 physical activities (one team, one individual, plus one other)
  • 10% Internally assessed & Externally moderated Coursework - Physical Exercise Programme

The practical component will involve the students being assessed in a number of activities designed specifically to cater for the needs, abilities and interests of the cohort in line with syllabus requirements.

Boys’ practical activity examples:
Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Hockey, Cricket, Handball, Rugby, Tennis, Volleyball, Athletics, Gymnastics, Trampolining.

Girls’ practical activity examples:
Football, Dance, Netball, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Handball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Athletics, Tennis, Gymnastics, Trampolining.

Additional activities will be offered through the extra-curricular programme, some of which will be facilitated off-site, and some may incur a cost. All students who opt for the subject will be strongly encouraged to attend regular extra-curricular clubs to improve their results. Students with particular strengths in sporting areas that are not on offer through the taught programme will have the opportunity to be assessed in these activities, subject to syllabus limitations.

60% of the mark is awarded through two externally set, and assessed, examinations (1 hour 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes). These exams will include multiple-choice, short-answer, and longer-answer questions requiring extended writing.

The theoretical component of the course should not be underestimated and covers the following aspects in great depth: Anatomy & Physiology, Movement Analysis, Physical Training, Health, Fitness & Well-being, Sport Psychology, Socio-cultural influences, use of Data, Fitness Training Methods and Principles of Training.

The students will have five lessons per cycle. For the duration of the course three theory lessons and two practical lessons will be our guide, however, staff will alter this ratio as and when necessary to ensure particular aspects are covered sufficiently.

Sport Studies

All students have the option of choosing the OCR Cambridge National in Sport Studies in addition to their core PE programme in Year 10 and Year 11.

It is our intention to offer gender-specific routes to achieving this qualification to ensure that personalisation of learning is integral to delivery. This will be dependent upon student uptake of the course. In order for those that choose to study the subject to achieve the higher grades on the course, leadership, time management, meeting deadlines and a strong theoretical understanding will need to be demonstrated. This will be complimented by high levels of proficiency in English and Science.

The provisional specification for the course is as follows:

  • 25% Written Exam (1 hour) - Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • 25% Internally assessed & Externally moderated Coursework - Sports Leadership
  • 25% Internally assessed & Externally moderated Coursework - Sport & the Media
  • 25% Internally assessed & Externally moderated Practical - Coaching & Performance
  • Assessment - Developing Sports Skills

The practical component will involve the students being assessed in an activity from a performance, officiating and coaching perspective, so it is essential that a good understanding of all aspects of a chosen sport is evident. Practical lessons will take a similar format to GCSE Physical Education, but may provide other sporting activities for assessment.

Boys’ practical activity examples:
Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Hockey, Cricket, Handball, Rugby, Tennis, Volleyball, Athletics, Gymnastics, Trampolining.

Girls’ practical activity examples:
Football, Dance, Netball, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Handball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Athletics, Tennis, Gymnastics, Trampolining.

Additional activities will be offered through the extra-curricular programme. All students who opt for the subject will be strongly encouraged to attend regular extra-curricular clubs to improve their activity knowledge of both skills and officiating. Students with particular strengths in sporting areas will be expected to support sports tournaments in order to develop their officiating and coaching skills.

25% of the mark is awarded through an externally set, and assessed, examination (1 hour). This exam will include a variety of question styles, such as multiple-choice, short-answer, and longer-answer questions requiring extended writing.

The theoretical component of the course should not be underestimated and covers the following aspects in great depth: Contemporary Issues in Sport, Sports Leadership, Sport & the Media and Developing Sports Skills (including officiating).

The students will have five lessons per cycle. For the duration of the course three theory lessons and two practical lessons will be our guide, however, staff will alter this ratio as and when necessary to ensure particular aspects are covered sufficiently.

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