Physical Education

KS3 Curriculum

During KS3 students build on what they have learnt in KS1 and KS2, making them more competent and confident in their performance, leading to participation in the more challenging extracurricular sessions.

In KS3 students will participate in four hours of physical education every two-week cycle. Students will have one outside lesson for two hours and two indoor lessons which are an hour each.

Term 1 and 2                                                                                             

In these terms Girls learn about football in their outside lesson while the boys learn about rugby. During the indoor lesson’s girls learn about basketball while the boys learn about badminton.

Term 3 and 4

In these terms Girls learn about netball in their outside lesson while the boys learn about football. During the indoor lesson’s girls learn about badminton while the boys learn about basketball.  

Term 5 and 6

In these terms Girls and Boys learn about athletics in their outside lesson and during the indoor lessons both girls boys learn about rounders/cricket and orienteering and problem solving.

Health and Fitness

During each year, the practical lessons have an underlying health and fitness area which the students learn about. This helps them to understand how their body works and therefore helps them improve their perfromance. It also gives them an insight into what GCSE physical education involves, shifting the idea that you have to be good at sport in order to do well in this coursel. In terms 1 and 2 the students learn about the muscular system and how it responds to exercise and sport, while in terms 3 and 4 the students learn about the cardiorespiratory system and its response to exercise and sport. In terms 5 and 6 the students learn about the different types of fitness and the energy systems and how these are improved tested and used in sport. At the end of each area students will sit a test on the area learnt, revision for which can be found below.

KS3 Test Revision Sheets






Schemes of Work



KS4 Curriculum

During KS4 students learn and tackle more complex and demanding skills and situations, building on the skills and principles learnt in KS3, once again leading to participation in extracurricular activities.  

In KS4 students will participate in two one-hour lessons of physical education every two-week cycle. During the year students will participate in a different activity in each half term. These activities will include:











During these activities’ students will be focussing on aspects to help them improve their performance, develop their fitness and enhance their problem solving skills. These aspects are, developing their technique, analysing their performance, applying tactics and strategies, evaluating performance and problem solving. Even though there is a focus in the lessons, as a college we aim to try and keep the lessons fun, active and competitive with the introduction of different activities each half term. This is to try and give the students a positive experience of sport, with the aim that students continue to lead an active healthy lifestyle when they leave college and take away some skills that will help them progress in the work place.

Extra Curricular Sport

At Astor we offer students the opportunity to further develop their confidence, skills and to challenge themselves even more than in the lessons, by offering a variety of extra-curricular clubs at lunchtime and after college. In addition to these extra-curricular clubs we also run interform competitions, as well as getting involved in inter-school, district and Kent competitions, in which we run teams in all years.

Below is a term by term guide to the extra-curricular clubs run at Astor.








GCSE Physical Education

When choosing GCSE physical education, students get five extra one-hour theory lessons per two-week cycle, to prepare them for two exams and to complete a personal exercise plan.

Exam 1

This is a written exam that makes up 36% of the overall grade. The exam is 1hour and 45 minutes long and covers the following:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Exam 2

This is also a written exam and is worth 24 % of the overall grade. This exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and covers the following:

  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Sport psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Use of data

Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

During lessons students will plan, design, carry out, monitor and evaluate a PEP based on improving their fitness and performance within their chosen sport. The personal exercise plan makes up 10% of the overall grade.

Practical Performance

Students are assessed in three practical areas both internally and externally, which is worth 30 % of the overall grade. The three areas they perform are football/netball, basketball and badminton. Other sports can be assessed instead of the three mentioned, however performers need to be training and competing outside of college.  In each practical activity students are first assessed on four selected skills in isolation and for this they can achieve a maximum of 10 marks. They then go on to be assessed in both conditioned practices and a game, where they can gain a further 25 marks. Therefore over the three practical areas students can achieve a maximum of 105 marks.

Students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in these areas, through their PE lessons, lunch time and after college clubs. On average students that attend the extra-curricular practices achieve 5-8 marks more than students that do not, which can have a big impact over the three practical activities. Below is the assessment criteria for the sports mentioned.




Here are the subject areas covered over the two year course, with some helpful resource links.



PE Kit and Equipment

Being organised for their PE lessons is something that we as a department encourage the students to be, as it not only benefits everybody in the lesson but is also a valuable skill students take away from Astor that will benefit them throughout their life.

Below is the equipment they need to bring to all their lessons.

Boys Equipment

Black Astor shorts 

White Astor T-shirt 

Black and amber rugby shirt

Black football socks

Gumshield (for rugby)

Clean trainers

Football boots (for football and rugby)

In addition, boys can wear black or dark blue tracksuit bottoms over their shorts when it's cold.

Girls Equipment 

Black Astor shorts

White Astor T-shirt

Black and amber jumper

Black football socks

Clean trainers

In addition, girls can wear black sports leggings under their shorts or black or dark blue tracksuit bottoms over their shorts when it's cold.

Safety is always a priority in the lessons, therefore hair must be tied back, all jewellery taken of/out, no chewing gum and fingernails kept short.


In terms 5 and 6 students will learn about athletics and how to analyse their own and others performance to improve technique and therefore the outcome. During this time they will also learn the rules and health and safety associated with the different events. Whilst doing this in the lesson, students can gain bronze, silver and gold athletics awards. The standards for these awards can be seen below.


Over the years at Astor college many of the students have gone on to exceed these standards and achieve college records. Below is a list of the college records to date.



A Level Physical Education

When choosing A level Physical education students get 9 lessons per two-week cycle, to prepare them for the two written exams and the performance analysis and development programme they must write.

Exam 1

Scientific Principles of Physical Education

This written exam is worth 140 marks and makes up 40% of the overall grade. It lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and covers the following:

·         Applied anatomy and physiology.

·         Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis.


Exam 2

Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education

This written exam is worth 100 marks and makes up 30% of the overall grade. It lasts 2 hours and covers the following:

·         Skill acquisition

·         Sport psychology

·         Sport and society

Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme

This part of the course is worth 40 marks and makes up 15% of the overall grade.

In the role of the player/performer or coach students must analyse two components of a physical activity. One component must be physiological and the other can either be a tactical or technical component.


Practical Performance

This part of the course is worth 40 marks and makes up 15% of the overall grade.

Competing/performing or coaching outside of school is important in this area as the students must choose their practical activity from the set list to be assessed in. As the player/performer or coach students are then assessed against set assessment criteria.



Interform Sport

During the year all students are given numerous opportunities to challenge themselves. One of the ways this opportunity is given, is through interform competitions, where forms in all years compete in a range of sports listed below:





Cross Country


Athletics - Sports Day

Over the year the points from each event accumilate, with the overall winners from each year group being announced and trophies presented after Sports Day in July.