Physical Education

Welcome to the Physical Education department


As a department we aim to make sure we build a connection with long term physical involvement, so that students choose healthy, active lifestyle which continues not only outside school but for the rest of their lives.

We aim to do this by offering all students a broad and balanced curriculum with a range of activities that require different techniques and different ways of thinking.


In Key Stage 3, all students are assessed each half term on the 2 activities they have covered which is based on their practical ability, understanding of the rules and regulations and then on how they evaluate their own and the work of others.

What topics will I study in KS3? (Year 7, 8, 9)

The curriculum is split into the following areas:-

  • Outwitting opponents – games such as netball, football, rugby, volleyball, tennis, cricket, rounders, softball
  • Accurate replication of actions – gymnastics
  • Exploring and communicating ideas – dance
  • Exercising safely and effectively – fitness, aerobics
  • Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges

Can I study this subject at KS4? (Year 10 & 11 – GCSE)

Students can choose to study the full course GCSE Physical Education as one of their option choices

Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?

Thamesmead School enter many inter-school, District and County competitions in sports including netball, girls and boys football, rugby, cricket, swimming, athletics. Other activities such as the fitness gym, badminton, dance and basketball are available as part of the Thamesmead Plus programme after school.

What careers might this lead to?

Leisure and recreation, Coaching, PE teaching, Leisure Management, Physiotherapy, Sports development officer, Sports Psychology, Fitness Instructor.

Useful website links:

BBC Sports News

BBC Sports Academy

BBC Bitesize PE