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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 practical ability. In year 7, pupils take part in an assessment period that lasts between Sept – Oct half tem. Following this, they are put into ability groups with mixed gender.

Pupils 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.

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?

  • Outwitting opponents
  • Net/ Wall games
  • Replication of activity
  • Aesthetic activity
  • Performing to a maximum
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance

What will students learn at this level?

Our curriculum/activities that we do now has changed due to restrictions on activities we can do at present.

All pupils in Core PE lessons in KS3 will complete the following:

Sept – Oct:  Athletics (A combination of running, jumping and throwing lessons)

Oct – Dec:  Badminton and Table Tennis.

All of these activities are considered low to moderate risk.


  1. Basketball
  2. Girls netball
  3. Boys rugby
  4. Girls dance
  5. Gymnastics
  6. Fitness
  7. Badminton
  8. Boys football
  9. Girls hockey
  10. Athletics
  11. Boys cricket/ girls rounders
  12. Table tennis

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. During report seasons, pupils are then given a grade based on their performance in the activities they have been assessed in in 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 pupils will be assessed throughout the activity but a final assessment will be recorded by the class teacher.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage pupils 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?

Boys- Rugby/ football boots, red socks, white socks, black shorts, short sleeved t-shirt, rugby shirt

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?


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

Extra curricular 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?


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

  1. We offer a range of activities to develop skills across a range of sports
  2. Groups re in ability to ensure level of challenge is appropriate to all pupils and then differentiated appropriately
  3. Following the National Curriculum

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

  1. Certain activities such as dance and gymnastics involved creating sequences/ routines/ phrases that require creative thinking.
  2. 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)
  3. Pupils can use assessment without levels cards to self and peer assess which allows time for critical thinking
  4. Within all lessons. Tasks are always challenging.
  5. Links with other subjects 

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

  1. 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
  2. The KS3 SOW promotes deep learning through progression of difficulty and teaching activities
  3. All PE lessons are accessible to ALL pupils.
  4. 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.