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Sports/PE Studies Department

Subject Leader Sports/PE Studies Mrs R Laker
Sport/PE Studies Teachers

Miss C Hurley
Mr T Miller
Mr J Major
Mr R Turner
Mr T White
Miss M Stock

Physical Education helps students to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and beyond. The Physical Education department at Knole Academy are fully committed to the all-round development of each student and the extensive curriculum we offer reflects this passion.

We encourage the positive values of determination and resilience throughout all our key stages and students within our department feel safe and confident to participate and perform. Our curriculum provides students with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and experience different teaching methods in order to develop physically, mentally and emotionally.

 Students are encouraged to work individually and as part of a team which helps build trust, problem solving and communication skills. Competition is a huge part of the sporting environment and life in general and whilst we encourage competition and the competitive spirit we also promote the ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. Through our curriculum we hope students build the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and later in life.

Knole Academy boasts outstanding sporting facilities which allows us to offer a broad range of activities. These include a fitness suite, a fully equipped sports hall, a MUGA, an all-weather artificial pitch (3G), climbing wall and grassed playing fields.

Throughout the year students will experience a wide range of activities that will be taught on a rotation. These activities include, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, trampolining, basketball, football, handball, rugby, netball, hockey, health related fitness, OAA, rock climbing, athletics, cricket, tennis and softball.

 All students are encouraged to perform, lead, coach and umpire in the range of activities and all these areas are continually assessed, tracked and monitored to ensure progress is being made. Students are mainly taught in single sex and ability groups during this key stage.


How can I help my child through KS3 & KS4 physical education?

  • Encourage participation in lessons and extra-curricular activities.
  • Ensure their kit is clean and ready for the lesson and is fully named/labelled.
  • Ensure students have appropriate kit available during the winter months.

How will my child be assessed at KS3?

Students are assessed throughout each activity and an average level is recorded each data cycle from a variety of sports covered.

Students will learn:

  • New skills through participating in a broad range of activities.
  • How to lead activities and take on the role of an official
  • Different tactics and strategies that can improve play and performances.
  • How to work as part of a team
  • How to work safely in the PE environment
  • Sportsmanship and fair play
  • Resilience and determination
  • How to lead a healthy and active lifestyle


Overview-Ks3 Assessment

Pupils undertake a practical based curriculum. The curriculum is mapped so that students in a year group will learn new substantive skills and knowledge and how to apply these in a range of sports. In addition to the practical skills, learners will be explicitly taught theoretical knowledge and the disciplines of the subject, promoting healthy, athletic and physical lifestyles, which are aligned to the subject’s intent – ‘Physical Education helps students to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and beyond’.

Students are continually assessed within their PE lessons at Ks3. Students are able to conduct peer and self-assessments based on the ‘Steps to Success’ criteria, in a wide range of activities.   Data is reported to parents three times a year. Teachers will assess students based on their practical ability, but also their theoretical knowledge and understanding. For this assessment, students will complete an online exam on the topics outlined below. An overall grade will be reported, 40% practical ability and 60% theoretical understanding.




Yr7 Sep- Dec

Health, fitness and wellbeing-

Physical, mental and social benefits

Importance of exercise-consequences of sedentary lifestyle

Yr7 Jan- March

How to warm up/cool down

Types of stretching

Importance of warming/cooling down

Physiological and psychological

Under and over hydration

Sports injuries relating to poor posture

Yr7 April-July

Structure and function of the muscular system

Classification of muscles

Muscle name/location

Antagonist pairs

Muscle contractions

Yr8 Sep-  Dec

Structure and function of the skeletal system

Classification of bone

Bone name/location

Connective tissue

Yr8 Jan- March

Joint classification

Types of movement

Application to sporting movements

Yr8 April- July

Respiratory system


Mechanics of breathing

Values when exercising

Yr9 Sep- Dec

Cardio vascular system functions

Values at rest and exercise

Blood vessels

Yr9 Jan- March

STE and LTE of exercise on all four system

Yr9 April- July

Aerobic and anaerobic  respiration

Training zones

Key Stage 4

KS4-GCSE Option

Exam Board-Eduqas

Tiered Exam: Full Award (equivalent to 1 GCSE)


30% is a practical assessment. Students are assessed in three different sports (10% each). Students must have selected a team sport, an individual sport and a free choice from the options provided by the exam board.

10% is coursework. Students must complete a PAE (Performance Analysis and Evaluation) in one sport

60% is the theoretical component. There is one 2 hour paper.

The paper consists of multiple choice questions, short answers and extended questions.

Please refer to the Eduqas website for further information

What is covered on the course?

Health, training and exercise

Exercise physiology

Movement analysis

Psychology of sport and physical activity

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

What texts would you recommend?

Eduqas Textbook-Introduction to Physical Education-study and revision guide



We provide a number of opportunities for students wishing to take part in sport outside of the curriculum.  We have an extra- curricular timetable which changes each term.

Key Stage 4 - Sports Science

Exam Board-OCR

Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science  (equivalent to 1 GCSE) Level1/2


75% of the overall mark is awarded via internal and external moderation of coursework. 25% is awarded via an externally assessed exam.


75% of the overall mark is awarded via assignments which are internally and externally assessed. The other 25% is awarded through a compulsory exam- Reducing the risk of injuries which is set externally.

Please refer to the OCR website for further information

What is covered on the course?


75% of the final mark


Written Exam

25% of the final mark
1 hour examination (60 marks)

Applying the principles of training

Reducing the risk of injuries

Technology in sport


Body responses to physical activity



Key Stage 5

Cambridge technical EXTENDED certificate in Sport & Physical activity

Please refer to the Post 16 Course Directory 2022-24 for KS5 information by clicking here.

House Sporting Events

At Knole Academy we have a very strong and competitive house system which our inter-house and annual sports days are integral. These events give all students the opportunity to rake part in sporting activities supporting their houses.

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