KS3 Core PE

Physical Education at Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2 in their Primary School. At Ysgol John Bright Physical Education encourages students to build a platform of skills on which future activity choices can be made. Through their creative, adventurous and competitive activities they plan, practise and improve their performance so that they can enjoy being able to perform consistently well. As confidence grows, so does their ability to take part in activities that become technically more demanding. They learn the benefits of working with others to strengthen a team or partnership while outwitting others, planning a journey or practising for a performance. They understand that engaging in activity is beneficial to their health and fitness and take greater responsibility for their own well-being.

Students will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Physical Education through each of the four areas of experience. Students at Ysgol John Bright are taught the programme of study for each area of experience through specific activities selected to compliment our fantastic sports facilities onsite and in the local area off-site. Every student will spend enough time on each activity to make progress in that activity. By the end of each programme of study students will understand the difference between the areas of experience, know what they are trying to achieve and how they are going to be judged in each activity, including their work in different roles, for example in Sport Education. Across all of the areas of experience, students will engage in relevant and safe warm-up and cool-down routines and take increasing responsibility for their planning and execution.

1. Health, fitness and well-being activities:

These are activities that are non-competitive forms of exercise and chosen for what they contribute to general health, fitness goals and feelings of well-being for example aerobic activities to music, circuit training, fitball and boxercise.

Daily physical activity is an important goal for students at Ysgol John Bright and opportunities for this to be achieved may be found not only in lessons, but also in extracurricular sporting activities which take place after school and during lunchtimes or at the weekend. Finding activities that are enjoyable and sustainable is important if the goals of a healthy and active lifestyle are to be realised. Please see the range of sporting extracurricular activities, recreational activities, fixtures and house matches on offer at Ysgol John Bright.

 2. Creative activities:

These are activities that are composed or choreographed and are generally artistic and aesthetic in nature for example dance and gymnastics. More complex sequence composition might include variations in speed, shape, level, direction and pathways; combining and linking actions; relationships to partners, apparatus or a musical stimulus. The use of compositional principles to enhance performance might include spatial awareness; relationship with others such as working in unison or canon; motif or sequence development. The different qualities that contribute to successful performance might include a focus on mood, feelings, variations in rhythm, timing and stimulus, use of light, colour and sound, technical efficiency, tension and focus and communication with the audience.

3. Adventurous activities:

These are activities that are underpinned by problem solving and often have an outdoor living and learning focus. Participation in outdoor activities provides opportunities to increase awareness of the natural environment and understand the importance of issues such as conservation and sustainable development. At Ysgol John Bright, adventurous activities such as indoor climbing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing take place after school and on Enrichment Days.

4. Competitive activities:

These are activities that are learned for the purpose of competition between an individual, group or team. The principles underpinning the application of these types of activity are generally strategic and tactical and involve competing against others. A variety of activities for example rugby, hockey, football, netball, badminton, rounders, cricket and softball have been selected to teach the programme of study. Students will engage in these competitive activities against a background of changing situations that can be analysed. Through their adoption of different roles such as leader, official or performer, students could choose to develop these roles in their lessons and competitions.

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