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Key Stage 3

Physical Education develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity

Key Concepts

1.1   Competence
1.2   Performance
1.3   Creativity
1.4   Healthy, active lifestyles

Key Processes

2.1   Developing skills in physical activity
2.2   Making and applying decisions
2.3   Developing physical and mental capacity
2.4   Evaluating and improving
2.5   Making informed choices about healthy active lifestyles

Range and Content

  • Outwitting opponents
  • Accurate replication
  • Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions
  • Performing at maximum levels
  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Exercising safely and effectively

Curriculum Opportunities

We endeavour to meet these criteria through basketball, rugby, football, netball, volleyball, trampolining, gymnastics, fitness, athletics, rounders and cricket.

We also encourage them to participate in a range of roles (performer, official, coach, leader, teacher), use ICT widely (Doddle) and develop pathways so that our students learn how to continue to be physically active, once they have left Friern Barnet School.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 experience 2 hours of high quality Physical Education, every week.

In addition, extra- curricular clubs and practices are held before school, every lunchtime and after school, throughout the year (see extra curricular section for more details).

In Years 7, we teach single sex PE. In Year 8 and 9 we teach mixed gender groups and they are set by their sporting ability, thus ensuring groups of roughly equal ability.




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