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Physical Education - Year 8

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Physical Education for Year 8 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Bradley if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

We organise our classes by mixed ability. Students typically take part in a combination of mixed gender groups and then single sex groups for traditional games activities such as football, rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and rounders. The students have 4 one hour lessons a fortnight (2 lessons in mixed gender, 2 lessons in same sex groups)

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject are not necessarily the most able practically. The school moto of ‘Courage and Courtesy’ is evident within all PE lessons.

Students who make the most progress need to show a positive attitude to a range of activities as well as resilience when attempting challenging tasks and sports.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

Students in year 8 will learn and develop advanced skills across a range of activities. Our aim is to build on the fundamental skills that were developed in year 7.  Our key concepts at year 8 are:

  • Footwork
  • Ball/equipment familiarisation
  • Coordination
  • Fluency

What will students learn at this level?

Students will learn to apply the year 8 PE Key Concepts to a range of activities whilst applying skills within small sided/modified games/competitive situations.  All year 8 students will complete the following within their PE lessons:

September – Easter

  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness
  • Boys rugby
  • Girls hockey
  • Boys and girls football
  • Girls and boys netball
  • Basketball
  • Girls dance

Summer Term

  • Athletics (A combination of running, jumping and throwing lessons)
  • Table tennis
  • Girls rounders
  • Boys cricket

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Tactics to gain an advantage over an opponent
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Life skills
  • Organisation

How will students learn at this level?

  • Practical activity
  • Watching visual demonstrations (live and recorded)
  • Assessment cards (peer and self)

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

All sports in KS3 are assessed by the class teacher. Students are then given a grade/attainment threshold based on their performance in each of the activities within that report period.

An end of key stage level is also given.

When do key assessments take place?

Each activity typically lasts half a term and students will be assessed throughout the activity but a final assessment will be recorded by the class teacher at the end of each activity. This then helps the class teacher to decide a students end of year grade within PE.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage students to take part in extracurricular clubs in and outside of school.
  • Support pupils with organisation of timetable and appropriate PE kit.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

A Knights Templar PE kit is available.

Traditionally, boys activities will require the use of football/rugby boots, shin pads, red socks, white socks, black shorts, short sleeved KTS T-shirt and rugby shirt.

Traditionally girls activities require the use of trainers, shin pads, red socks, white socks, KTS leggings and/or skirt/skort, KTS T-shirt and KTS jumper.

In cold conditions it may be allowed by the PE teacher for students to wear black tracksuit bottoms. Extra layers under PE kit (such as thermals/t-shirts are advised), however, hoodies are not allowed in school or any PE lessons.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Maths: numeracy, problem solving
  • English: reading
  • Drama: communication and expression, creativity
  • Art: Creativity
  • Science: Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology: Mental preparation

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

Curriculum and extracurricular PE info:


What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Extracurricular clubs for all year groups at lunch and afterschool in a range of different activities


What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

For careers in sport:


However, taking part in sport can prove valuable in opening up options for a range of careers

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

Students work is shown visually during their practical performance. Students also have the opportunity to demonstrate their practical ability during extracurricular clubs and fixtures, as well as whole school performances such as the school production or gym and dance display.

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • We offer a range of activities to develop skills across a range of sports
  • Groups are in mixed ability to ensure that students can work with other students at a similar level no matter what the activity, to ensure the level of challenge is appropriate to all students
  • Following the National Curriculum

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  • Certain activities such as dance and gymnastics involved creating sequences/ routines/ phrases that require creative thinking.
  • Other sports require creative thinking in order to problem solve (e.g. which tactic/ technique to use in order to gain an advantage over an opponent)
  • Students can use assessment without levels cards to self and peer assess which allows time for critical thinking
  • Within all lessons. Tasks are always challenging.
  • Links with other subjects evident in all lessons.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  • A number of extracurricular sports trip and visits are put on throughout the year. Such as Dance, Anglesey outdoors, professional rugby, netball, football, hockey, athletics etc. trips
  • The KS3 SOW promotes deep learning through progression of difficulty and teaching activities as well as incorporating the schools ‘Habits of Mind’ within teaching and learning
  • All PE lessons are accessible to ALL students.
  • Extracurricular clubs are free of charge, no sports specific equipment is required (provided by the PE dept.) and are open to all abilities and experience.