Physical Education

The Curriculum Purpose

The purpose of Physical Education at the Compton School is to provide a medium by which all students are inspired to succeed and excel through competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Our curriculum provides opportunities for all students to acquire, develop and refine the physical, mental and social tools to allow for sustained and successful adherence to a healthy active lifestyle.

Through the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum, we aim to foster a passion and love for sports and physical activity which provides opportunities for all students to experience, challenge, excitement, and achievement across a range of physical discplines.

We strive to inspire our students through the provision of fun, enjoyable PE lessons, which allow learners to develop PE specific competencies relating to the following components of learning:

  • Knowledge of Theory
  • Knowledge of activities 
  • Physical Skills and abilities
  • Leadership and coaching

The PE curriculum is carefully sequenced to allow learners to progress logically through their academic journey to build upon their motor and cognitive development. Students will examine and re-examine a range of activities across the programme of study to develop their competence in three areas:

  1. Games and invasion activities
  2. Aesthetic appreciation & movement
  3. Outdoor and athletic activities

At each phase of learning, students will focus on the following:

Year 7                        -           Developing motor competence and basic performance skills 

Year 8                        -           Application and selection of skills in more challenging contexts. 

Year 9                        –          Understanding and application of tactics, strategies and coaching 

Year 10/11                 –          Importance of sustained participation for a healthy, active life.


Key concepts that underpin PE

The KS3 Curriculum

The KS3 PE curriculum aims to build upon the aims outlined as part of the National Curriculum for PE, providing learners with a platform to develop physical competencies in a broad range of sports and activities, whilst encouraging extended periods of physical activity and ultimately, the leading of healthy, active lives.

The curriculum is frame worked around the three pillars of progression, relating to the development of motor competence (through refining performance of fundamental movement skills), rules, strategies & tactics and improving understanding of healthy participation.

 Students will be taught the following:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.


The KS4 Curriculum

At KS4, students will have the opportunity to continue developing and refining their knowledge and understanding of PE and school sport as embedded throughout KS3. Students will be able to select a pathway of study which allows them to further explore their development across, games and invasion activities, aesthetic appreciation, and outdoor & athletic activities


At GCSE, students will investigate and develop critical knowledge in relation to the following areas of study:

  • Body systems and how they impact on health, fitness and performance in physical activity and sport
  • Basic principles of movement and their effect on performance in physical activity and sport.
  • Principles of training and different training methods in order to plan, carry out, monitor and evaluate personal exercise and training programmes
  • Data analysis in relation to key areas of physical activity and sport.
  • Psychological factors that can affect performers in physical activity and sport.
  • Socio-cultural factors that impact on physical activity and sport, and the impact of sport on society.
  • Benefits of participating in physical activity and sport to health, fitness and wellbeing.


The KS5 Curriculum

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport

AT KS5, we offer the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport in which learners will have the opportunity to investigate:

  • The functions of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and

the fundamentals of the energy systems.

  • Client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.
  • The knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.
  • Psychological dimensions of sport, and introduces psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance.


Key Features of Learning in PE

Engagement and participation are at the very core of student learning in PE. Students are promoted to challenge themselves in isolated and conditioned activities to acquire, develop and refine the performance of core skills, techniques and principles in a range of disciplines. Students in PE adhere to exceptionally high standards of personal organisation and behaviour, which allows for high quality teaching and learning and outcomes for all learners.


What will you see in PE lessons? 

  • High quality teaching and learning which is objective-led and outcome measured to ensure that all abilities of learner are able to experience challenge and progress.
  • Competent and confident learners who are engaged in their learning and enjoy participating in a diverse range of sports.
  • Opportunities for students to critically reflect on their own and others’ learning through coaching and proximal learning tasks.
  • Opportunities for students to acquire and utilise their subject specific literacy and oracy skills through the use of core PE-related vocabulary and engaging learning resources.


What will you see in PE books?

  • Well-presented exercise books which clearly identify the focus of learning for each individual topic of study.
  • Evidence of targeted and specific written feedback to reinforce and support student learning
  • Evidence of student reflection through DIRT activities and appropriate target setting.
  • Declarative and procedural knowledge demonstrated within written notes and tasks.
  • Extended writing opportunities, allowing students to develop their understanding of GCSE and BTEC specific assessment objectives relating to the knowledge (AO1), application (AO2) & evaluation (AO3) of taught content.


What formative assessment will you see in PE?

Practical PE

  • Extensive use of adaptive questioning to determine learner understanding of critical subject knowledge
  • Use of assessment for learning and reciprocal coaching activities to develop self-regulated learners.
  • Use of motion analysis technology to capture and review learner performances.
  • Teacher-learner observation and discussion.

Theoretical PE

  • Provision of written feedback and targets
  • Evidence of peer feedback

What extra-curricular is available from the PE Department?

An extensive extracurricular provision is available within the department, presenting a two-faceted approach to promoting participation and competition. A termly extra-curricular timetable is issued with a diverse range of sporting opportunities. Intra school competitions run throughout the academic year.


Page Downloads Date  
GCSE PE Long Term Curriculum plan 05th Jul 2022 Download
KS3 PE Long Term Curriculum 05th Jul 2022 Download
Sample Year 7 Medium Term Plan 1 25th Jan 2024 Download