We offer all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, designed to promote positive interest and enjoyment in physical activity. Through a wide range of sports and activities, our curriculum promotes health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. We promote positive opportunities to participate fully introducing pupils to new sports and activities and developing their skills.

COVID-19 Update: Much of what we do in PE is currently affected by restrictions placed on activities in order to keep all of our community safe. Our PE curriculum has therefore had to change, and will be adapted as required.

Key Stage 3 PE

At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught for two hours of core PE every week, which is complemented by our busy and hugely popular extra-curricular opportunities.  We have a strong ‘sport for all’ ethos and all girls are encouraged to attend clubs, whatever their level of ability.

Our indoor facilities include a gymnasium and school hall. Outdoors we have an all-weather pitch, four netball courts, six tennis courts and fields for football, athletics and rounders.

Year 7

In lessons, pupils follow two activities, usually one indoor and one outdoor, per term.

Hockey – Skills taught include: grip and stance in holding a hockey stick; open stick dribbling; push passing; receiving a moving ball; knowledge and understanding of the rules of hockey.

Netball – Footwork (pivoting and landing foot); 3 types of pass; basic marking and evading skills; knowledge and understanding of the rules of netball; and application of skills in games.

Fitness – Individual fitness tests, basic components of fitness including the 4 S’s of fitness (Speed, stamina, strength and Suppleness).

Gymnastics – Individual Skills (balances, rolls, turns, jumps, tumbles); knowledge of how to sequence movements into a routine and choreography of routines. Evaluation of peers’ performances.

Orienteering – Teamwork and problem solving challenges. Orientation of a map and location of control points around the school site. Fitness and endurance in timed challenges.

Dance – Knowledge of 6 dance actions and choreographic devices (levels, canon, dynamics). Use of a motif to apply devices to routine. Evaluation of peers’ performances.

Athletics – Knowledge of correct technique for track and field events. Basic knowledge of rules for no throws/ no jumps.

Rounders – Basic fielding strategies and tactics for fielding positions. Batting technique and targeting batting. Rules for matches including backwards hit and scoring.

Cricket – Basic fielding skills; introduction to bowling; defensive shots; knowledge and understanding of the rules and scoring system.

Tennis – Forehand and backhand technique, serving and rules for singles games. Rules for doubles matches.

Tag Rugby – Basic passing and receiving; development of passing on the move; attacking and defensive line; basic evasion methods; drawing out space within competition situations; basic knowledge and understanding of the rules.

Football – Passing and receiving; turning and stopping with the ball; use of width and depth; basic knowledge and understanding of the rules; shooting techniques; use of support within play.

Year 8

In lessons, pupils follow two activities, usually one indoor and one outdoor, per term.

Hockey – More complex passes and variety of passes to be used including slap and hit. Increased defending and methods to outwit opponent. Skills applied to competitive games with increased rules.

Netball – More complex marking strategies and 3 stages of defending. Attacking principles and team tactics used. Application of skills to games.

Fitness – Methods of training for different fitness components. Knowledge of body systems and effects of training on the body. Advantages and disadvantages of training methods relevant to sports performers.

Gymnastics – Sports Acrobatics. Pair work and balances (counter balance, counter tension, partial and full weight bearing). Knowledge of health and safety for balances and how to set up gymnastics apparatus. Adaptation of balances to equipment and sequencing of routines.

Cheerleading – Basic arm shapes and jumps. Knowledge of roles and responsibilities within a stunt group. Low level stunts and performance within a routine.

Dance – Detailed knowledge of choreographic devices applied to own choreography based on a set theme.

Athletics – Run ups included in throwing events. How to measure run up for high jump and long jump. Tactics for relay teams.

Rounders – Detailed knowledge of rules including misfielding. Discussion and application of tactics to batting and fielding play.

Cricket – Development of bowling; revision of defensive shots; introduction of drive shots depending on ball placement; basic fielding tactics.

Tennis – Detailed knowledge of shots covered in year 7. Introduction to volleying and more competitive shots. Discussion and application of tactics to singles and doubles games.

Tag Rugby – Revision of basic lateral pass; introduction of pop pass; explore more advanced rules; develop more advanced evasion methods such as the swerve; introduce the dummy pass; introduce the loop pass to draw out space.

Year 9

In lessons, pupils follow two activities, usually one indoor and one outdoor, per term.

Hockey – Development of tactics and strategies in set plays. Short and long corner rules and practices. Goal keeping and competitive 7 a side matches.

Netball – Development of tactics and strategies. Discussion and application of set plays to drills and competitive games. Exploration of different positions and knowledge of umpiring rules and signals.

Fitness – Exploration of different fitness classes. Knowledge and development of correct technique with weights.

Gymnastics – Introduction to vaulting. Shoulder strengthening and technique for run up. Squat on, straddle on, squat through, straddle over and side vault. Handspring progressions and safe support for handstands.

Cheerleading – More complex arm actions and jumps. Revision of role of stunt members. More challenging higher level stunts including tossing and catching. Application of skills with own choreography for routines.

Trampolining – Knowledge of health and safety and roles for spotters, performers and coaches. Development of height, control and technique in basic shapes, seat landings, front landings, back landings and somersaults. Sequencing movements for more advanced skills and routines.

Athletics – Knowledge of umpiring events. Skills and training sessions to develop athletes for particular events.

Rounders – Reinforce rules and scoring system; recap basic tactics when batting and fielding; introduce advanced tactics when batting and fielding; take on leadership responsibilities to coach peers. â€‹ 

Cricket – Revision of drive shots; introduction of advanced shots such as the pull or cut; advanced fielding and batting tactics; bigger onus on officiating and coaching; continued revision on bowling technique and application of spin.

Tennis – Knowledge and practice of topspin in forehand shots. Increased speed and power in serving. Tactics and strategies for single and double matches.  

Tag Rugby – Detailed knowledge and understanding of the rules; introduce the gut pass; develop communication and leadership within the attacking and defensive line; develop tactics in defence and attack; introduce the miss pass; introduce the switch pass; develop refereeing skills.

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