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Curriculum Year 7 / Year 8 / Year 9


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Extended learning



What pupils will learn

How it builds on learning


Practical performance:

Students will develop throwing and catching, cardiovascular fitness, jump, speed and agility, balance and motor skills. They will learn to perform and link basic movements and techniques in a range of situations and across a variety of sports: hockey, netball, rugby, football, cricket, athletics, dance, parkour and gymnastics.

The fundamental movement skills would have been taught in KS2 within a range of basic sports or conditioned smaller games.

Many of the games taught would have been on a smaller scaler or played with simpler rules and modifications to suit the primary school.

Knowledge and Understanding:

In hockey, cricket, rugby, football and netball, students will learn the difference between attack and defence, the importance of tactics, and how to find space in an overload situation; in these sports and in athletics they will also learn key rules; they will learn key effects of exercise, and to describe and complete a 3-part warm-up.

Basic tactical awareness will have been looked at in simplified and modified activities. This will be expanded on in a broader range of games and links made between the different sports and tactics.

Rules will have been taught but to a smaller range of sports and will have been modified to suit the primary school setting.


Students will develop an understand how to use different teaching points as instructed by the teacher in order to use the correct technique in a range of different sports skills.  With an understanding of technique, students will be able to recognise a good performer and be able to communicate this to a teacher.

Skill techniques will build on primary school learning but will be further developed as more complex skills are taught.


What pupils will learn

How it builds on learning


Practical performance:

Students will develop further their throwing and catching, cardiovascular fitness, jump, speed and agility, balance and motor skills. They will perform with consistency, in dynamic situations, and under pressure; they will move, and link movements, with greater fluency. As well as the sports listed for Year 7, students will learn futsal and handball.

The same strands of movement are developed, but now in a greater range of sports, in a wider variety of situations, and with more consistency: under pressure, in conditioned games rather than in isolation, with students sustaining cardiovascular fitness for longer and performing and linking a greater range of movements.

Knowledge and understanding:

Students will learn: a greater range of rules so that a smaller-sided conditioned game can flow; different positions and tactics that can apply in a select range of sports; how to find space in a small-side game situation; different exercises and stretches to enable them to lead a three-part warm-up to a small group with minimal teacher support.


Knowledge is now applied to a wider range of sports, and can be enacted in small game situations rather than in isolation. As leaders, students are more self-sufficient and can apply their learning with minimal support.


What pupils will learn

How it builds on learning


Practical performance:

Students will develop further their throwing and catching, cardiovascular fitness, jump, speed and agility, balance and motor skills. They will do so now in a range of dynamic situations and competitive games. They will learn how to use their skills to their advantage, and will link movements with fluency even under pressure. Sports in Year 9 may include Sports Acro, tennis, basketball and rounders, in addition to some of those listed for Year 7 and 8.

The same strands of movement are developed, now in competitive game situations, and in different sports, with students increasing their skill, awareness, fluency of movement and their ability to gain advantage.

Knowledge and understanding:

Students will learn a range of rules sufficient to play and officiate small-sided games across multiple sports. They will learn to apply tactical knowledge in game situations in order to outwit opponents, apply positional knowledge in order to attack and defend in competitive games, find and use space to their advantage, and understand the importance of a warm-up, which they learn to lead independently, and to explain the effects of exercise.

Knowledge previously learned is developed such that it can be applied in order to gain advantage, across a still-greater range of different sports and situations. As leaders, students develop the ability to apply their learning completely independently.


Pupils are assessed on an ongoing basis in lessons, with teachers forming a holistic judgement based on their performance in a matrix of aspects of PE: Practical Performance and Physical Literacy; Knowledge and Understanding; Coaching; Teamwork and Leadership; Participation and Attitude. It is often the case that children will excel in certain sports and be less familiar with others; teachers will band students according to their overall attainment across all of these strands and across all sports.

Supporting your child

What you can do at home:

The most important thing you can do is to promote an active lifestyle. Research shows that where parents and carers model the enjoyment and participation of sport and activity, children are more likely to pursue it themselves – and not to give up. Encourage your child to try new sports (you can try them too!), to join after-school clubs, and to see physical activity as part of their general wellbeing, both physical and mental.  

Equipment/ PE Kit:

Compulsory CamVC branded items

Red CamVC Sports T-shirt

Red CamVC Sports Hoody

Compulsory non-branded items

Plain Black Shorts (not cycling shorts nor skin-tight shorts) and/or skort OR

Plain Black Tracksuit Trousers (our field is very windy) OR CamVC Black Leggings OR all three *

Indoor Trainers (not school shoes or pumps eg Vans, Converse, Air Force 1s)

Outdoor Astro Trainers (for football, rugby and hockey on the 3G)

Long Black Hockey/Football Socks or an alternative pair of sports socks (students should have a change of socks for their PE lesson for hygiene reasons)

Optional Additional Kit

CamVC Black Leggings

Red CamVC Fleece

Red CamVC Rugby Top

A plain black, red or white base layer top

Shin pads for football and hockey are strongly recommended for both lessons & fixtures.

Gum Shields for rugby and hockey are strongly recommended for both lessons & fixtures.


  • Outdoor “Astro-style” studs: These are training shoes that have soles with a higher-than-normal raised moulded pattern, for use on artificial grass surfaces. Boots need to have either dimpled soles, plastic studs or moulded blades; flat soled trainers, metal capped or metal studs are not permitted for health and safety reasons and for maintenance of the artificial infill.
  • EXAMPLE “astro-style” studs, under £20:
  • CamVC Black Leggings: The only black leggings that will be allowed in PE lessons will be CamVC black leggings purchased from the School PE Kit Provider. These have a clear CamVC PE logo down the back calf to be easily identifiable.
    • Non-CamVC Black leggings can be worn but must be worn under a pair of regulation black sports shorts.



Absolutely no jewellery is allowed in PE lessons (this includes earrings in any part of the ear).

Nails are to be of an appropriate length for PE lessons and to adhere to the school uniform policy.

Extended learning

Homework policy:

We do not set homework; instead, we strongly encourage pupils regularly to attend at least one sports club after school.

Clubs/ Enrichment opportunities:

At Cambourne Village College we offer a wide variety of sport and dance clubs after school, many of which include fixtures against other local schools.

Posters are displayed outside the PE office, and all team information is put up before the fixture so pupils can let parents and carers know.

Click here to be taken to the current PE and dance extra-curricular clubs.

We have a strong and successful programme of Sports Activators (Years 7 and 8) and Sports Leaders (Years 9 and 10), which is an excellent way of pupils developing their leadership skills in this area. Interested pupils, with a history of attending school sports clubs, can apply for a role and, if successful, benefit from externally-led training, and then help to lead various events: primary athletics festivals; events for children with SEND; our own school sports’ days, for instance.

Extended study suggestions and reading lists:

Look out for opportunities like the coaching and refereeing courses that we offer, which lead to qualifications and the development of key skills and understanding that can see pupils taking on roles as coaches and referees for matches outside school.

We encourage children to read articles relating to sport in the news and media, and we promote these via Twitter as well as on Teams. They are often a source of interesting debate and help to contextualise an understanding of sport and its relation to current issues.

Possible trips and visits:

Typically, pupils will have the opportunity to attend live sporting events throughout the year. We also hope to offer both a Sports Tour and a Snowsports trip.