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Key Stage 3 core PE

All pupils in KS3 will be given opportunities to produce complete pieces of work involving the following key processes of: Developing skills in physical activities, making and applying decisions, developing mental and physical capacity, evaluating and improving performances, making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles.

The PE program of study for key stage 3 builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding pupils acquire at key stage 2. During the key stage pupils become increasingly physically competent by: developing the range and quality of their physical skills, improving their ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional principles, improving their capacity to perform effectively, improving their ability to analyse performance and make judgements about what makes a performance successful.

Male activities: Rugby, trampolining, football, table tennis, handball, badminton, basketball, softball, cricket and Athletics.

Female activities: Netball, table tennis, football, rugby, handball, badminton, basketball, rounders and Athletics.

Through the range of activities and variety of roles that pupils experience, they begin to make informed choices about their own commitment to leading a healthy, active life. They begin to identify the types of activities and roles they prefer and are best suited to. They become more regularly involved in physical activity, both in extra-curricular provision and through clubs in the community.

Extra-curricular opportunities available:

Key Stage 3 Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning at Sirius Academy North. It provides a framework for identifying, monitoring and communicating students’ attainment and progress, identifying areas for further development and setting challenging and aspirational targets.

Students’ KS3 levels are used to assign students to baseline thresholds; these are referred to as; Working Towards, Emerging, Secure and Mastered.



The student is performing above the academy expectations for a student of the same age within the subject. 



The student is performing in line with the academy expectations for a student of the same age within the subject.



The student is performing slightly below the academy expectations for a student of the same age within the subject. 



The student is performing below the academy expectations for a student of the same age within the subject.

Key stage 4 core PE

Pupils will be given the opportunity to use skills and techniques in larger and more challenging contexts that involve more participants and require increasingly complex tactics, strategies and compositional principles. Their physical competence is such that they are able to use skills and techniques within these demanding and changing situations that consistently show accuracy, precision, control and originality. Students will need to critically analyse performance and demonstrate that they understand how skills, tactics, compositional principles and levels of fitness relate to the quality and effectiveness of a performance.

Pupils begin to use their understanding of physical competence, high-quality performance and balanced, healthy lifestyles to select the roles and activities they wish to get involved in. They then pursue these regularly in school through the curriculum choices offered and are also encouraged to participate out of school in local and national sport, dance and healthy physical activity programmes.

The emphasis in KS4 at Sirius Academy North is that all students will make an informed choice about the activity areas that they wish to follow.

KS4 examination PE KS4

The PE department currently offers three pathways at Key Stage 4.

The theory is split into two, one hour written exams comprised of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions. Each exam is worth 60 marks and equates to 30% of the overall result. Due to the heavy weighting of 60% of the final grade coming from the two exam papers all five allocated lessons on the two-week timetable are based in the classroom and focus on the theory. The practical scores are developed through key stage 3 core PE and are finally assessed during the key stage 4 core PE timetable.

Paper one: ‘Physical Factors Affecting Performance’, this is broken down into two topics. ‘Applied Anatomy and Physiology’, containing; the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular system, movement analysis, the cardiovascular and respiratory system and the effects of exercise on the body. ‘Physical Training’, containing; components of fitness, applying principles of training and preventing injury in physical activity and training.

Paper two: ‘Socio-cultural Issues and Sports Psychology’, this is broken down into three topics.  ‘Socio-cultural Influences’, containing; Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activity and sport, commercialization of physical activity and sport and ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport. ‘Sports Psychology’, and Health Fitness and Well-being’, containing; health, fitness and well-being, diet and nutrition.

The practical assessment is worth 40% with 80 marks available. 60 marks come from the assessment of the pupil’s performance in three different physical activities in the role of player or performer. One activity must be playing or performing within a team, one as an individual and a further one from either or. The final 20 marks are awarded from a written piece of coursework of an analysis and evaluation of their performance in one of their assessed activities.

The assessment is 75% assignment and 25% examination taught through four units over the two years.

The units taught in year 10 are reducing the risk of sports injuries (examination unit) and applying principles of training. These are the mandatory units.  There are two further units taught in year 11.

What will I learn?

Four units are undertaken over the two year course. Assignments or projects are set for the different tasks within a unit. Each unit has a given amount of teaching time. For the BTEC Level 1/2 First Award the amount of time allocated is 30 hours per unit.

Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport and Exercise (on-line exam)

Unit 2 – Practical Sports Performance

Unit 4 – The sports performer in action

Unit 5 – Training for Personal Fitness

How will I be assessed?

Two units are taught per year. Each unit will be assessed and graded as a Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D). Marking of units is moderated internally before a final grade is awarded for each unit.

Unit 1 is an on-line examination that is assessed externally.  This involves students completing a one-hour exam on the computer. The grades from each unit are weighted and contribute to an overall score. This score converts into a final grade; Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*


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