Intent (based on the National Curriculum)
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive
sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become
physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport
and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
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.
Students will 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 within a range of dance styles
- 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 and take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links
or sports clubs.
- 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.
Links to Key Stage 2
We note that there are huge differences in student’s Key Stage 2 curriculum diet. However, students at
Key Stage 2 are generally taught to apply and develop a broader range of skills (broader than Key Stage
1), learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an
understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and
recognise their own success.
The Key Stage 3 RET PE curriculum extends the following skills:
- running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- playing competitive games, applying basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and
- performing dances using a range of movement patterns
- taking part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal
- developing teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of activities
Relationship to the wider Key Stage 3 Curriculum
There are links with Science, History and Food Tech departments and our schools engage in cross
curricular projects to contextualise PE. Other areas of the curriculum that PE is linked with are as
follows: PSHE, tutor time. There are also links to dance in delivering performance. Having a variety of
tasks and roles within PE lessons is key in developing students within the wider curriculum. Students can
use maths within the role of being an official and umpire, whilst acting as a coach and taking notes on
performance links with English.
Links to KS4
All of the skills practiced at KS3, are represented, assessed and developed in Key Stage 4. KS3 is a
natural progression. Where option numbers and staffing permits, students can choose between a traditional
GCSE path and an alternative pathway. Our KS3 offer prepares students to tackle complex and demanding
physical activities and supports their involvement in a range of activities that develops personal fitness
and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle
Extra Curricular Experience
Irrespective of background we encourage all students to take part in our extra curricular sports offer.
This includes a range of sports and competitions that take place before and after school and during lunch
times. Examples of our offer include:
BKS: Rugby, netball, football, cricket, rounders, athletics, tennis, dance, cross country