Robertsbridge Community College

Physical Education

Key Stage 3 Physical Education

  • During Key stage 3 students experience a variety of competitive team and individual games working from small-sided and modified versions to the recognised forms.
  • Students refine and add to the range of skills acquired during Key Stages 1 and 2 and are taught to understand why exercise and sport is important.
  • Techniques, skills and competition rules for specific activities are taught and students will also learn to plan, perform and review whilst experiencing a variety of roles.
  • Assessment of students’ attainment will be ‘ongoing’ and is based on observation of their ability to plan, perform and evaluate across the activity range as measured against the National Curriculum Levels.

Below are examples of activities and areas that will be covered during Key Stage 3 PE at Robertsbridge Community College. Pupils will be taught to:

Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games, for example, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, netball, rounders and rugby

  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports, for example, athletics and gymnastics
  • 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, for example, team building, building on trust, developing sills to solve problems
  • 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.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are numerous extracurricular activities available to all students both at lunchtime and after school with various opportunities to represent the college in competitive games. Students are actively encouraged to fully immerse themselves into the extracurricular programme as we strongly believe this enhances their experience of PE and School Sport.

There is a team of Sports Captains who aid the department in organising clubs and fixtures and have specific responsibilities including advertising, writing newsletter articles and photographer for the website

Key Stage 4 Core Games

At Key Stage 4 there is a big focus on participation so whilst the activities that are offered are similar to that in Key Stage 3, there is a high percentage of game play. There are more opportunities for students to be actively involved in leading sections of lessons and taking responsibility for officiating, coaching and organising small groups.

GCSE Physical Education

Students opting to take GCSE Physical Education will have the opportunity to work towards a number of options given by the awarding exam board. At Robertsbridge we follow the AQA course. Full details of each of these options can be found on the AQA website at and then follow the links to Physical Education.

Students will cover a wide range of both theory and practical elements throughout the course. The focus of the theory content is based around the following 2 units and counts for 40% of the final grade and is assessed in an exam at the end of the course:

  • Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant and areas covered for the active participant include: The range of physical activities and the different roles that the active participant can choose from; The demands of performance; Linking physical activity with diet, work and rest for personal health and a balanced healthy lifestyle.
  • Knowledge and Understanding for the Involved Participant and areas covered for the involved participant include: Skills for Effective Performance; Testing, Training and Lifestyle Choices to Assess and Improve Performance; Risk Assessment and Safe Practice.

Pupils will be assessed in numerous practical activities and can also enter grades for sports that are not covered in school lessons, as long as they are in line with the AQA Specification. Each child’s top four grades will be entered at the end of the course. There are more options than that of just practical performer. Students can be entered in the following roles: player/performer; organiser; leader/coach; choreographer; official. All practical marks are gained via Controlled Assessment and count for 60% of the final grade.

There are a huge number of activities in the table below in which students can be assessed practically. These can include those that are not offered in school should students participate in them on a regular basis.


Group 1 – Outwitting opponents as in Game Activities


American Football; Association Football or Futsal or 5 a side; Badminton; Basketball; Baseball or Rounders or Softball; Cricket or Stoolball; Gaelic football;  Handball; Hockey – field or ice or roller or Indoor Hurling or Camogie; Lacrosse; Netball or Korfball; Rugby football – league or union; Squash or racquetball; Table tennis; Tennis; Volleyball; Water polo; Fencing; Boxing; Judo or Ju Jitsu; Karate or Kickboxing or Tae Kwon Do

Group 2 – Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences as in Gymnastic Activities


Artistic gymnastics; Compositional gymnastics; Rhythmic gymnastics; Trampolining;  Tumbling; Cheerleading; Ballroom dancing; Diving; Skateboarding; Synchronised swimming; Artistic roller-skating

Group 3 – Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions as in Dance Activities


Folk/Country dance; Historical dance; Ice dance; Modern educational dance;  Social dance; Street dance; Theatrical dance

Group 4 – Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy as in Athletic Activities


Athletics; Cross country running or fell running; Competitive swimming; Track cycling; Speed skating; Weightlifting; Archery; Boccia; Bowls; Golf; Ten pin bowling

Group 5 – Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as in Life saving, personal survival in swimming and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities


Canoeing or kayaking; Climbing; Cycling or mountain biking; Horse riding; Life saving;  Mountain activities; Orienteering; Personal survival; Rowing/sculling; Sailing;

Skiing or snowboarding; Surfing or windsurfing

Group 6 – Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being, as in fitness and health activities


Aerobics; Aqua aerobics; Circuit training; Pilates; Indoor rowing; Speed Agility Quickness training; Tai Chi; Yoga; Weight training


PE Kit

We would like to take this opportunity to remind both students and parents of the kit requirements for PE lessons and the importance of ensuring that these are met for every PE lesson.

Mandatory PE Kit

  • RCC PE Polo Shirt with relevant house colour
  • BLACK shorts or BLACK tracksuit trousers
  • Suitable footwear for physical activity – this should be trainers providing support and NOT plimsolls or skate type footwear

Optional PE Kit

  • RCC PE sweatshirt that can only be purchased in school, we would strongly advise this as the weather conditions can be extremely cold.
  • We are happy for students to wear a BLACK under shirt with sleeves beneath their PE Polo Shirt as this will also help them to stay warm during lessons.
  • Black Robertsbridge rain jackets can also be purchased from Superstitch.

Calling all Spare PE Kit and Trainers

As you know within the PE department we ask that all pupils bring their kit to each and every lesson, even if they are unable to participate practically due to injury. Even though all pupils are aware of this there are times where they forget their kit, or grow out of their old ones. In the PE department we have minimal spare PE kit for pupils to use when they forget theirs so they are still able to participate in the lesson. We have very few pairs of shoes, shorts and t-shirts. If you have any old PE kit lying around at home that either have been grown out of or are not used anymore then we would be most grateful if you could donate them to the PE department as part of our spare kit collection.