Eaton Bank Academy

Key Stage 3

Objectives/ Curriculum

Key Stage 3

The aims of the PE Department using the “Best PE” format, at Key Stage 3 are:

B BEST PERFORMANCE Did you perform to the best of your ability in all drills and game situations?
E EQUIPMENT Did you respect the sports equipment and help to collect and tidy up
S SAFETY Did you put the safety of others first?
T TIME TO LEARN did you follow instructions first time and not disrupt other students from learning?
P PE KIT Full Eaton Bank kit?
E EVALUATE Evaluate your preformance using APP/GCSE TABLES and set targets for the next session
  • To develop students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that becomes a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.
  • To enable all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity.
  • To develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.
  • In performance to think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions and reflect on their own and others performances and find ways to improve them.
  • To develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles.
  • To discover what their aptitudes and interests are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity.
  • To make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.
  • To help students develop personally and socially working as individuals, in groups and in teams, to develop concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility.
  • To have the opportunity to take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating.
  • To learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations through the experiences offered in the PE Department.


Activities covered during KS3 (Y7-9) 
Athletic Activities  Athletics and Cross Country 


Net Games 


Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball 
Invasion Games 


Basketball, Hockey, Football, Netball, Rugby 
Striking and Fielding Games  Cricket and Rounders 


Gymnastics and Trampolining Activities  


Gymnastics and Trampolining 
Health & Skill Related Fitness  Testing and training methods for a variety of fitness components 


At Key Stage 3 the study of P.E. will allow students to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society


Key Stage 3 Assessment

Throughout Year 7 and 8 assessment and progression is completed via core tasks at the start and end of units and through use of our APP Structure. The focus is on developing skills, understanding and attitudes through P.E. by combining a broad range of activities with appropriate learning styles.



If you have any queries, please contact Mr C Malbon

Keystage 4

Physical Education is compulsory within Eaton Bank Academy. However, the PE curriculum is designed to suit the needs and ambitions of all our students.

In Year 9, students will select one course from the following three options:

  • Core PE
  • GCSE Dance

Core PE

Students selecting this course have an understanding that being physically active is an important part of long-term health. They could have a love of competitive or non-competitive sport or simply just enjoy being within an active environment.
The course will be tailored to suit the needs of the students within the constraints of the facilities and resources. The hope is that all students leave the course with a qualification – this could include first aid training.

GCSE Dance

Students selecting this course will have enthusiasm for dance and an eagerness for dance and an eagerness to develop their practical skills further. They do not need previous dance experience, other than in school, but should be willing to enrich their dance studies with extra-curricular involvement. Individuals selecting Dance GCSE will be involved in performance – both in lessons, for small audiences, and on a larger scale. They will choreograph dances with varying themes and ideas, both as part of a group and individually, and will study professional dance work both practically and in theory lessons.
During the two week timetable they will roughly have three practical lessons and one theory.

For further information, please see the Dance subject page.



Students selecting this course usually have a high desire for a career in sport. They participate in a range of physical activities both within and outside of school at a competitive level. PE is probably their favourite lesson of the week. They understand that their PE timetable will include classroom-based lessons (these could be up to two-thirds of their total PE timetable). They also realise that the outcome of the theory lessons will probably have the greatest impact on their final grade.

Note: If a student selects GCSE PE it is compulsory that they take PE in EBX throughout Years 10 and 11.



Physical Education is a vast subject encompassing many areas. The syllabus offers the opportunity to learn about this subject and foster an enjoyment of physical activity as well as developing an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. Students will learn how exercise is beneficial to one’s health, fitness and performance. They will understand how diet, rest and physical activity contribute to a healthy lifestyle and how this all affects their cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems.


GCSE Unit 1
This is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. This will contribute to a maximum of 40% towards your total marks.

GCSE Unit 2
This is assessed in 2 sections:

Section 1

Students have to select 4 practical performances in the role of player, leader or official. You can achieve 48% of the marks from 4 performances, 2 of which may be the role of leader or official.  Your 4 activities which must be selected from at least 2 of the following National Curriculum Areas of Activity:

Fitness activities

Athletic activities

Games activities

Gymnastic activities [including trampolining]

N.B. Specialist students could be assessed in, for example, dance/swimming/martial arts/horse riding.

Section 2

Analysis of Performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 12% of the marks and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme.

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