The Wavell School

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Year 8 Physical Education

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 – December

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



Rugby, Football, Basketball

Netball, Basketball, Football

January – April  

Students will be taught a combination of the following activities

Boys and Girls

Hockey, Basketball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Netball, 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 (12.40-1.20) or after school (3.30 – 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?

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

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

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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?

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

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What work did students complete during the school closures that they may not fully understand?

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How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

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Updated September 2021