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Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) PE

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive two hours of PE per week, each lesson lasts for 1 hour. During this time, a variety of activities are undertaken including Gymnastics, Core Skills, Hockey, Association Football, Netball, Rugby, Volleyball, Badminton, Basketball, Orienteering and Health Related Fitness in the winter months. Summer term activities include Athletics, Rounders, Softball, Tennis and Cricket. These activities are taught throughout Key Stage 3.

The PE Department recognises that every student has their own individual needs and will adapt the groups and lessons to ensure that every student has a positive experience, in a supportive and challenging environment.

At Key Stage 3 we believe it is far too early in a student's development to pigeon hole them into certain sporting activities. Instead we give every student the same opportunities in lessons to participate in a wide range of sporting activities and experiences whatever their ability level. During this stage, students are taught knowledge, skills and understanding through a number of areas of activity.

Key Stage 3 Level Expectations

  • At the end of Year 7 we expect all our students to have achieved at least a level 4

  • At the end of Year 8 we expect all our students to have achieved at least a level 4/5

  • At the end of Year 9 we expect all our students to have achieved at least a level 5/6.

How Can I Help?

There are many ways in which parents and carers can help their children when it comes to PE.

Suggestions offered here are divided into Context (to explain some of the background to PE provision) and Ideas (in which some of the more common issues are addressed).


Time allocation:

All pupils have 2 lessons of PE a week (2x60 minutes). This is complimented by any additional out of hours practices or matches. By the end of Key Stage 3 each pupil will have received 2 hours of PE every week in each year as recommended.

Strands of Assessment:

Acquiring and developing skills, selecting and applying tactics and compositional ideas, evaluating and improving performance and knowledge and understanding of fitness and health.

Assessment Procedure:

Pupils are assessed on the above strands in 4 main areas of study: Games Activities; Athletic Activities; Gymnastics and Dance. Assessment is completed by observation of performance (live or video), question and answer sessions and worksheets.


Correct PE kit for indoor and outdoor activities. The school provides all equipment.

Optional resources:

Pupils are welcome to bring in their own equipment if they can keep it safely during the school day.


Difficulties ….

Solutions …

'I don't like PE.'

Today it is very important to be aware of the health and fitness benefits that physical activity can bring. Our lives are very sedentary and mentally tiring, which leads to a higher possibility of heart disease and other health risks. Children need to be encouraged to participate in regular physical activities.

'I'm no good at PE.'

We are all 'good' at something, but some are better than others. School, especially PE, equips us with the ability to understand our strengths and weaknesses and how to deal with them. All pupils need this, but it is only possible if we experience both success and failure.

'Teachers don't understand what it is like to be no good/unfit etc..'

Teachers are very aware of the demands of the tasks that are set and do not expect everyone to complete them to the same level. At times personal success is achieved by altering the task or expecting a different outcome. All we expect is effort.

'I don't like answering questions in class.'

'If you do not try then you cannot get it right!' All pupils are encouraged, and have the opportunity, to offer answers in group discussions. This is very important, as it is a process of assessment in PE.

'Other pupils laugh at me when I do…..'

As in our every day lives we are faced with 'situations' which are evidence of what we can and cannot do. PE helps us to deal with these and develop our self-confidence and self-esteem. If pupils laugh at someone teachers will deal it if it is brought to their attention.

'I have done this at football practice.'

Some of the practices, drills, skills that are taught in PE may have been previously experienced by the pupils. There is obviously no harm in extra practice, but the PE department tries to encourage the more able to assist others in their learning by acting as a coach. This benefits both parties as the less able have individual coaching and the more able have to pass their knowledge onto someone else developing their cognitive and communication skills.

'There's not enough PE during the week.'

The PE on the curriculum is very broad to ensure all pupils experience a variety of different activities throughout their school years. A varied extra-curricular programme from early morning and lunchtimes to after school supports this.

'I can't play for the school as I am playing for my local club.'

Many pupils train and play for clubs outside of school. This is fantastic for the pupils' physical development, but there is an important role for school sport to play too. We strongly recommend that all pupils are encouraged to represent the school as it offers many benefits. Many Longdean pupils gain District and County Representative honours through playing for the school in various sports.

'Clubs and Practices clash with music/drama etc..'

This can sometimes be the case for pupils. All pupils are advised to balance their time equally between the various clubs. If a major piece of work is imminent (e.g. music concert, drama production, cup match) then pupils are encouraged to attend those practices for that period of time.

'I can't get home after a fixture.'

If parents can support their children in getting them to and from school for early mornings and late evenings then it is a great help for them as they can regularly participate in school activities.

At Key Stage 3, you are assessed under the 4 following standards:

1 Acquiring and Developing skills

  • Practising and improving existing, and learning new, techniques and skills.
  • Using these in different activities.

2 Selecting and Applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas

  • Plan strategies to make you or your team more successful.
  • Plan and compose sequences/phrases of movement.
  • Adapt these if they could be improved.
  • Apply rules and conventions for different activities.

3 Evaluating and Improving Performance

  • Analyse your own and others' work.
  • Give feedback.
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the performance you observed.

4 Knowledge and Understanding of Fitness and Health

  • Do you know how to warm up and cool down for an activity?
  • What parts of fitness are needed to be successful at different sports?
  • Why should we take part in regular exercise?
  • Why do we need to be hygienic?
  • Do you know where to go or who to ask if you want to do more activities in your free time?

Last modified: Sunday, 19 February 2012, 4:29 PM