Physical Education - Year 8


The PE curriculum is intended to ensure progression for every student. Each student will be expected to develop an improved skill set for each activity as they progress through the unit. Where a particular sport or activity forms part of the curriculum in consecutive years the expectation would be that each student makes further progress each time they complete that unit.

Students are offered a varied curriculum including both individual and team activities.

2 hours per week.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Invasion Games 
Association Football refinement of the core skills under pressure and developing game awareness including heading in attack and defence and outwitting an opponent.

Handball dribbling, passing, shooting skills and man on man marking.

Hockey refinement of the core skills and advancing on to more advanced skills for example Indian dribbling. These skills will be performed under more intense pressure to aid skill progression. Students will also develop their game awareness this year.

Netball - refinement of the core skills under pressure and developing their more complex skills & tactical knowledge.

Rugby Union Reinforcement of core skills and development to 3 man ruck, introduction of mauling and scrum.  
At the end of each block of lessons for any given sport, students will be assessed using GCSE criteria for Physical Education. Students will be given a score out of 25 at the end of every unit based upon performance, knowledge and understanding within that activity. Students are also required to reflect on their learning, and suggest ways to make better progress, recording this in their progress sheets. Both processes inform students of their progress, and creates a dialogue between themselves and staff as to what is needed to improve.

Students will also cover elements of theory within the lessons taught, which will be tested on three different occasions in the year.

Areas covered within Year 8 include:

Psychology Goal Setting and advancing our targets.

Anatomy Aerobic and Anaerobic Activity.

Training Name and describe the types of Training, Principles of Training.

Safety Risk Assessments.

This will have a 25% weighting towards their overall grade.  
Striking Games 
Cricket progression of skills with a particular focus on bowling and batting and position specific skills.

Rounders fielding and batting skills are further enhanced this year. Student's knowledge is increased further through an improved games understanding.  
Net, Wall and Target Games  
Tennis students look to develop their shots to more advanced attacking shots through using topspin and drives. Serving is developed and identified as a particular area of focus.

Table Tennis focus on moving the students from basic push shots to the various forms of spin including topspin and slice in both serves and open play.  
Gymnastic Activities  
Trampolining Students learn the basic jumping technique and start to develop tension and extension in their moves. Seat landing to swivel hips and beyond if able. Basic sequences are created using the moves learnt in the lessons.  
Athletic Activities  
Cross-Country Running Students will complete the same route as in Year 7, with the goal of improving their running time.

Track and Field Athletics Students will track their performances from the previous year and look to improve their performance. This will be aided through more advanced techniques being used with the students.

Fitness Students will be introduced to different type of training to aid their personal fitness.  
Dance Activities  
Dance (Girls only) - Students will look at professional dance works and learn the ways in which to appreciate them in a theoretical manner. Students will cover technique and skills for performance, while being given the opportunity to explore movement based on a professional work.  

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