KS3 Physical Education

Physical Education


Within Physical Education lessons across Years 7 and 8 students will take part in a variety of physical activities in line with the new KS3 National Curriculum. The topic that is being covered that term will be delivered through the variety of practical sports. They will be grouped into single sex groups all having the same opportunities as each other.

At Key Stage 3 students will learn how to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

How will I be assessed?

PE is a non-examined core subject within the curriculum. Traditionally is has been assessed using National Curriculum levels. However, the National Curriculum has changed and as a result the previous system of levels has disappeared.  At Biddenham we have replaced them by identifying key PE skills and concepts and assessing progress using the following grading system:

Emerging: just starting to learn a new skill or concept.

Developing: showing an increased understanding in that skill or concept.

Secure: frequently showing evidence of understanding of a skill or concept.

Mastered: always demonstrating a deep understanding of a skill or concept.

In order to show progress within the thresholds we operate a fine grading system.  Our fine grading system is explained below:

S1: Absolutely Secure at this threshold (90 -100%)

S2: Likely to convert to a Secure (75%)

S3: Just into this threshold (50%)

Is there anything else I need to know?

There will be opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills by being part of the Leadership Academy run through our Bedford and Kempston School Sports Partnership. Students involved in the academy have the opportunities to attend leadership courses in a variety of physical activities.  

How does this subject prepare students for GCSE option choice is year 9?

The variety of sports covered during this key stage helps develop the necessary practical skills required for the practical component of GCSE PE.

What extra-curricular opportunities are available for this subject and what can I do at home to challenge myself?

All students will be able to access a variety of extracurricular activities both at lunch and after school. This will allow for all students to participate in competitive sport outside of the curriculum. Extra-curricular activities range from football, hockey, athletics, rounders, cricket, golf, leadership, softball, handball and dodge ball. These are only a few of those on offer; please see the PE section of the school website for a more detailed overview of the type of activities we offer.

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact:  Mr M Evans Michael.evans@mybiddenham.com