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The Wavell School

Year 8 Physical Education

What will my child study in PE during Year 8?

In Year 8 students follow a broad and balanced Curriculum aimed at developing students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that will hopefully become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

The school has a strong and successful tradition in Physical Education and Sport with individuals and teams regularly achieving success in District and County competitions. All students are expected to participate in PE lessons. There is an extensive programme of after-school sporting activities which change every half term to accommodate for all the activities that run. (See school website for more information)

In Year 8 students have one single and one double lesson of PE

Double lessons:

September – October

Students will be taught in single gender groups following the programme of study below



Football & Netball

Football & Netball

November - April

Students will be taught a combination of the following activities

Boys and Girls

Rugby, Basketball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Table-Tennis, Handball and Volleyball

Single lessons:

September – April

Within single lessons students are taught as a mixed group, following the programme of study below

Boys and Girls

Orienteering, Dance, and Health & Fitness


Boys and Girls

Students choose two specific disciplines within Athletics (Run, Throw or Jump).

Students then follow a summer activities programme involving Rounders, Softball and Cricket

Through PE lessons and extra-curricular activities, the school’s sporting aims are:

  • to develop each student’s physical potential
  • to develop physical fitness through a range of activities that exercise the whole body
  • to develop students’ understanding and knowledge of a wide range of sports
  • to develop an understanding of aesthetic movement and creative expression
  • to develop students’ social skills through fair play, coping with success and failure, appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others, and working within group and team situations
  • to encourage students’ enjoyment of physical activities
  • to ensure that students appreciate the importance of their own and others’ safety through the correct use of technique, clothing, equipment and safety procedures
  • to encourage students to lead a healthy lifestyle by promoting opportunities for their involvement in physical activities outside the school.

House Sport

House competitions run throughout the year covering many of the sports offered in lessons. These activities will take place either Lunch time (12.40-1.15) or after school (3.10 – 4.30).  Students of all ability ranges are encouraged to take part.  The House Captains collect prizes and trophies in Rewards Assemblies.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in PE in Year 8?

Students will receive a progress review and feedback at Parents Evening regarding their overall performance across a number of disciplines. This will indicate whether they have made the expected progress, for a Year 8 student, to that date. Attitude to learning and Behaviour will also be recorded.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 8 in PE?

PE is a practical subject. There is no formal homework set.

How can I support my child to do well in PE during Year 8?

By ensuring that each student has the correct PE kit with them for each lesson and that they engage fully with the subject and their teacher. Extra-curricular PE sessions are available for them to further increase their confidence or ability within each activity. 

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • A list of require PE Kit can be found here...

By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in PE?

Information to follow

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

Implement the required basic skills- as well as some advanced one- at the appropriate time, with in both practice and competitive scenarios. In addition to this, they will be able to take on the role of coach, captain or leader within a group or team in order to further support their peers as well begin to officiate matches.


Updated September 2022