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PE, Sport & Dance - Key Stage 3

19 Apr. 2016 Posted by WillsR

Overview | Key Stage 3 | Key Stage 4 | Key Stage 5

Core PE is compulsory for all students. The lessons provided are three, one hundred minute lessons of PE per fortnight. Throughout the year, the pupils will study units of work; that include a range of different sports and activities; that develop broad and balanced foundation skills from which high performance can be built upon. These sports and activities include Invasion Games, Striking & Fielding Activities, Swimming, Dance, Outdoor Adventures and Athletics. They provide a medium through which students develop interpersonal skills that prepare them for healthy and successful lives. Wherever possible, direct links to the community are formed. There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of PE. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.



  • Developing control of whole-body skills and fine manipulation skills
  • Selecting and using skills, tactics and compositional ideas effectively in different types of physical activity
  • Responding with body and mind to the demands of an activity
  • Adapting to a widening range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.


  • Understanding how the components of competence combine and applying them to produce effective outcomes
  • Knowing and understanding what needs to be achieved, critically evaluating how well it has been achieved and finding ways to improve
  • Appreciating how to make adjustments and adaptations when performing in different contexts i.e working individually, in groups or teams
  • Understanding the nature of success in different types of activity


  • Using imaginative ways to express and communicate ideas, solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Exploring and experimenting with techniques, tactics and compositional ideas to produce efficient and effective outcomes.

Healthy, active lifestyles

  • Understanding that physical activity contributes to the healthy functioning of the body and mind and is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle
  • Recognising that regular physical activity that is safe, enjoyable and fit for purpose has the greatest impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing.




Key Processes

These are the essential skills and processes in PE that pupils will need to learn to make progress.


Developing skills in physical activity

Pupils should be able to refine and adapt skills into techniques, develop the range of skills they use and develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills.

Making and applying decisions

Pupils should be able to select and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas effectively in different creative, competitive and challenge-type context. Refine and adapt ideas and plans in response to changing circumstances. Plan and implement what needs practising to be more effective in performance. Recognise hazards and make decisions about how to control any risks to themselves and others. 

Developing physical and mental capacity

Pupils should be able to develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibility to cope with the demands of different activities. Develop their mental determination to succeed.

Evaluating and improving

Pupils should be able to analyse performances, identifying strengths and weaknesses. Make decisions about what to do to improve their performance and the performance of others. Act on these decisions in future performances. Be clear about what they want to achieve in their own work and what they have actually achieved. 






Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles

Pupils should be able to identify the types of activity they are best suited to. Identify the types of role they would like to take on. Make choices about their involvement in healthy physical activity.

Throughout all of the cycles, pupils are formatively assessed by the staff on these six key processes.