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Curriculum: PE Key stage 3

Across Key Stage 3 students will complete a large number of units of work per year in a wide breadth of activities, giving them the opportunity to begin considering areas of interest for the future. The focus of study will be:

  • Using tactics and strategies in games activities
  • Developing techniques to improve performance in physical activities.
  • Working as part of a team to solve problems.
  • Analysing performances and demonstrating improvements.
  • Participation in competitive sport outside of school. 

Students will be placed into ability groups to ensure they are working at an appropriate level, both for safety reasons and to aid their enjoyment and development. Throughout Years 7,8 & 9, lessons and activities will be progressive, enabling students to be continually challenged in order to develop their level of skill, fitness and understanding.

Within units, students will be encouraged to work both independently and as part of a team. They will look to improve their levels of confidence in all activities. They will also begin to tackle more advanced skills as well as develop tactical and compositional awareness. As well as this, students will learn to offer constructive feedback about observed performance.

Through a range of experiences within PE, students will learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging sporting situations.

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 Physical Education is available here

If you have any further questions please email

Mr N Stoddard - Head of PE

Richard Lander School