Physical Education


With the aim of helping students realize the significance of physical fitness along with intellectual excellence, the Key Stage 3 physical education curriculum is ingeniously structured to provide students with the opportunity to excel in a wide range of physical education activities through the development of adequate competence and rigorous program of physical education. An effort to enable students to lead an active and healthy life remains the prime endeavor of the physical education curriculum.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum History

The KS3 is an integral part of the National Curriculum of England, which got introduced with the Education Reform Act. When the national curriculum first got introduced, legally, it was valid for both England and Wales. Later, England alone followed the British National Curriculum. The terminology about this stage gets specifically elucidated in the Education Act of 2002. It states, “the period beginning at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class attain the age of twelve and ending at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class attain the age of fourteen.”

The Objective of Study

Engagement in competitive sports and other physical education activities remains the prime objective of the physical education curriculum. Concomitantly, it sought to achieve the nurturance of attributes of physical fitness through the physical education curriculum which is held to result in the cultivation of other virtuous traits in the individual.

Instructions for Students

The below instructions are for the students:

  • The usage of a diverse range of strategies and techniques to defeat rivals in direct competition through individual and team games [for instance, cricket, netball, badminton, hockey, rugby, basketball, tennis and football].
  • Sharpening their tactics and boosting their conduct in other competing sports [for instance, gymnastics and athletics].
  • Participating in dance performances using progressive dance techniques in a diverse array of dance forms and styles.
  • Participating in adventurous and outdoor physical education activities which encapsulate physical and intellectual hurdles and motivate to perform within a team, augmenting trust and evolving expertise to resolve issues, either as a group or as an individual.
  • Examine their feat in the backdrop of their earlier performances and exhibit progress to accomplish their personal best.
  • Participate in competing physical education activities and sports outside school through sports clubs or community links.

Target group

The Key Stage 3 follows Key Stage 2 and encases three years of school teaching in maintained schools in Wales and England. This corresponds to years 7, 8 and 9, with the age of the students ranging from 11 to 14.


The Key Stage 3 physical education curriculum skilfully phases out to continue the refinement and development of physical education skills acquired in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The physical education curriculum at this level gets effectively designed to ensure that students become more confident, competent and expert in their techniques and employ them across a wide range of sports and other physical education activities.