Physical Education


The KS4 physical education curriculum establishes the rightful significance of indulgence in physical education activities, besides being involved in acquiring knowledge of other subjects pertaining to general education. The fact of continuation of physical education as an important foundation subject even within the KS4 national curriculum, establishes the importance of the discipline in no uncertain terms. The physical education curriculum has been strategically framed for grooming students to deal with complex and demanding physical activities.

Key Stage 4 curriculum History

KS4 is an integral part of the National Curriculum of England which has been introduced with the Education Reform Act. When the national curriculum was first introduced, legally, it was valid for both England and Wales. It was later that England alone was subjected to the British National Curriculum. The terminology pertaining to the stage has been specifically elucidated in the Education Act of 2002 as “the period beginning at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class attain the age of fifteen and ending at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class cease to be of compulsory school age.” It would be worthwhile to take note of the fact that the termination of compulsory education in England has been extended to encompass the period beyond the age of sixteen; however, compulsory education after the age of 16 is not deemed suitable for being categorized under Key Stage 4.

The objective of study

The prime endeavor of KS4 physical education curriculum is to ensure the participation of individuals in a field of physical education activities which would help develop individual fitness and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Given the significance of physical education activities, the curriculum ensures that students are adequately braced to be involved in a number of competitive activities involving physical exertion.

Students should be instructed about

Students should be instructed in:

  • The development and usage of diverse strategies and techniques to defeat rival teams in individual as well as team games [for instance, football, badminton, netball, basketball, tennis, cricket, rugby and hockey]
  • Development of their tactics and boosting their feats and exploits in other competing sports, [for instance, gymnastics and athletics], or other physical endeavors [for instance, dance]
  • Participation in adventurous and outdoor physical education activities in an array of settings which puts forth physical and intellectual hurdles and motivates students to labor within a team, fomenting trust and whetting competence to resolve issues, either as a member of a group or individually
  • Assessment of their performances against the backdrop of their earlier accomplishments and exhibit growth and progress across diverse kinds of physical education activities for the purpose of realizing their personal best
  • Nurturance of a persistent attitude to participate on a regular basis in competing activities and sports outside the premises of school via sports clubs or community links

Target group

Key Stage 4 follows Key Stage 3 and encases two years of school teaching in maintained schools in Wales and England. It encases year 10 and year 11, with the age of students ranging from 14 to 16.


The physical education curriculum has been designed in a way to promote active involvement in physical education activities which could be the best way to ensure a healthy body and mind. Such physical fitness is regarded as a precursor to intellectual fitness and can be the guarantor of the same.