What do students study?
Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught two hours a week of Physical Education. Links with primary and partner secondary schools feature significantly in our College calendar and have been a major success.
• Develop skills in physical activity
• Make and applying decisions
• Develop physical and mental capacities
• Evaluate and improve
• Make informed choices about health, active lifestyles
These processes are delivered through a range of activities including: athletics, badminton, basketball, striking and fielding (cricket/rounders), dance, football, gymnastics, health and wellbeing, hockey, netball, rugby, tennis, sports aerobics and personal training. In Year 9, students also have the opportunity to take part in circuit training, orienteering, handball and ultimate frisbee.
KS3 Curriculum Maps
KS3 Interhouse Activity Maps
How are students assessed?
In Key stage 3, all students receive a target level. The PE department utilises professional judgements about students’ aptitudes in physical activity, to create a PE target. This is further supported through an initial period of more formal appraisal upon entry to the College through base line tests and then through their initial areas of study.
In Key Stage 3, students’ work is assessed in eight weekly units and reported termly. The department uses a variety of both formative (during lessons) and summative (at the end of a unit) assessment methods to ensure that the level students attain is a true reflection of their ability.
What Criteria are the students assessed against?
The PE department uses the National Curriculum’s level of attainment descriptors. The scale sees students graded using levels 1-8 along with sub-levels to further highlight attainment.
a Achieving most of the criteria but not quite enough to attain the next level
b Achieving some of the criteria
c Achieving a few elements of the criteria
A student’s “current PE level” is calculated by taking an average of all the assessments that have been conducted in the previous academic terms. This level is expected to change as they move through the year. Some students may seem to have a lower level at the start of the year if their specialisms take place in the final term.
The National Curriculum suggest that, on average, students should make 2 sub-levels of progress per academic year at Key Stage 3. Students are not restricted to making 2 sub-levels and may be working towards or even beyond this aspiration.