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Physical Education KS3 Curriculum

Curriculum Intent


The Physical Education department seeks to engage students in activities that develop health and fitness, as well as to develop independence through problem-solving, physical challenges, evaluating, modifying technique and consolidating skills through practice and repetition. We offer a broad and varied curriculum that will encourage participation and inspire our pupils to lead healthy active lifestyles and that supports our academic courses.

We understand the importance of Physical Education in instilling a sense of good sportsmanship, and encourage recognition of other students’ contribution, developing leadership skills, responsibility, empathy and self-awareness. We also recognise the ways in which our curriculum can support the development of self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and helping pupils to manage both success and failure in competitive and co-operative activities. We actively seek to develop skills as a team player, including praise for others and motivation skills, to understand and recognise relevant rules, laws, codes, and etiquette and safety procedures for different activities and to provide all students with the confidence to participate in life sports.

Exposing students to competition at the highest level e.g. the London Youth Games and NBA league is a focus of both the school and the department, ensuring that students fully embrace these sporting opportunities and the many benefits that this brings.

PE students have full access to a range of facilities whilst undertaking our Physical Education Curriculum. Opportunities for cross-curricular learning include Inter house competitions, sports trips, a programme of fixtures and a variety of extra-curricular clubs and sessions. Our curriculum is designed to build and expand on previous skills and understanding over a 5-year period whilst also planning explicit opportunities for repetition to embed subject knowledge. We offer qualifications in Physical Education including GCSE PE and A-level PE. Our students are taught by subject specialists, and all staff have a high level of subject knowledge and expertise as well as participating in professional development training to develop this further. Physical Education teachers use a range of formative and summative assessment procedures to assess progress and attainment, including marking, self/peer assessment, fitness testing, targeted questioning, homework for examination lessons, PE coursework, as well as informal and formal examinations to assess understanding and inform teaching.

PE students are encouraged to pursue higher education studies in sport, often making a career out of their chosen sport. Sports leaders from Year 10-13 are trained in specific areas and sports by our partner agencies and lead primary events, festivals of sport within the local community and school-based clubs for our KS3 pupils. We promote healthy lifestyles, leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork and physical activity which has significant benefits for pupils in other subjects, alongside the five goals of Sacred Heart education and HPL philosophy which is embedded across the school. Alongside this, life skills and lifelong health and wellbeing is a main focus of the Physical Education curriculum and supports pupils to make an effective transition to post-16 provision and beyond.

Themes (knowledge & understanding)
  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports.
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Develop fundamental movement skills eg running, jumping, throwing, balance, agility.
  • Develop cardiovascular fitness by being aware of own fitness levels.
  • Be aware of own strengths and weaknesses in performance and know how to improve them.
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Athletics 
  • Summer Games
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Athletics 
  • Summer Games
  • Basketball
  • Sports Acro
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Athletics 
  • Health and Fitness Theory
Stretch & Challenge
  • 5 practical assessments throughout year
  • 3 IPM assessments throughout year
  • Continuous verbal feedback in lessons 
  • Peer and self-assessment opportunities in lessons.
  • Leadership roles in lessons- coaching/ umpiring/ leading warm ups
  • Use of Student demonstrations 
  • Gifted and Talented- new skills in gymnastics/ badminton, etc.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Extra-curricular clubs timetable
  • Representing school in various teams against other schools
  • Residential Trips- Netball Tour/ Ski Trip
  • Links with external clubs- Basketball/ Football/ Netball/ Athletics 
  • Links with Fulham Football Club and QPR Football club and Step Into Dance
  • Rowing at Fulham Reach