The Knights Templar School

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Useful information for PE

Groupings and sets

All pupils have four 1 hour lessons of PE a fortnight. During these lessons they will be taught in both single gender and mixed gender groups in a wide range of activities. Groups are set over a range of activities by students’ ability to select, apply and evaluate skills both in isolation and in competitive or formal situations. Sets are reviewed regularly and changes are made as and when is appropriate based on the progress made by individual pupils (see below)

Key Stage 3:

In year 7 and 8, in K band there are 4 sets; A, B, C and D. In T band there are 3 sets; F, G and H

In Year 9, in K band there are 4 Sets; A, B, C and D. In T band there are also 4 sets; E, F G and H

Key Stage 4

Year 10:

In K band there are 5 sets: Two higher ability groups (X1 and X2), two middle ability groups (X3 and X4) and one lower ability set (X5)

In T band there are 4 sets. Two higher ability groups (Y1 and Y2) and two middle/lower ability groups (Y3 and Y4)

Year 11:

Pupils follow an options programme where they select their own activity, so in general these groups are usually, although not always, mixed ability.



Assessment is ongoing and informs future planning to ensure learning is personalised for all pupils in order for them to make progress. Pupils are assessed using both formative and summative assessment in line with the PE Faculty and whole school policy.

In the first half term of the academic year, pupils in year 7 will take part in testing lessons to determine which group they are placed in. Pupils will be assessed in a range of sports including Badminton, Gymnastics/Dance, and Rugby/Netball.


Reports will be sent home at timely intervals throughout your son/daughters time at Knights Templar.  At certain points a statement for improvement will be included and it is expected that your son/daughter focuses hard on improving the target.  The statements used are noted below.

PE Report Statements

Expectations for PE lessons

PE Kit  



Wear the correct PE

Wear shorts (or black tracksuit bottoms if it is cold)

Wear sports trainers

Tie your laces

Tie your hair up

Remove all jewellery

Put all valuables in your locker

Wear football boots for rugby and football

Bring black tracksuit bottoms and gloves and even a hat to wear if it is cold

Wear red games socks (rugby, football, Hockey) or white socks

Bring a note if you are unable to do PE

Bring your kit and get changed even if you are unable to do PE

Wear incorrect PE kit

Wear leggings for PE

Wear plimsoles for PE

Leave your shoes untied

Leave your hair down

Keep jewellery on

Leave your valuables in your bag or blazer pocket

Wear trainers for rugby and football

Only bring shorts and polo shirt if it is cold weather

Forget to bring a note if you are unable to do PE

Forget to bring your kit even if you are unable to do PE



The PE department has excellent sports facilities including an all-weather pitch and hard netball/tennis courts.  Lessons will therefore go ahead outside as normal in all but the most inclement weather. Pupils must ensure they bring PE kit and footwear appropriate to the weather conditions, for example tracksuit bottoms, KTS PE jumper, rugby shirt, football boots etc so that they are fully prepared for their lesson.

 Injuries and medical conditions  

Pupils must bring a written note to the lesson. For longer term or ongoing medical conditions, pupils should provide a medical note

Pupils are expected to bring their full PE kit for all lessons, even if they are not participating due to an injury. This will ensure they are still able to engage in the learning of the lesson through activities such as coaching, leading, officiating and evaluating work

Pupils will not be excused from PE for the following reasons: illness*, period, fasting, asthma.

*Illness: if pupils are well enough to attend school, then the expectation from the school  is that they are well enough to try all of their lessons, including PE! 

Emergency Medication for PE lessons and fixtures

Students are expected to take responsibility for any emergency medication that is prescribed to them, and should ensure they have this with them for all PE lessons and fixtures. Pupils' spare Inhalers and Buccolam are kept in the First Aid room, Auto injectors are kept in Reception. If a pupil has forgotten their medication, they must ensure they see Mrs Mance for a temporary replacement before their PE Lesson or fixture.


It is vitally important that pupils with asthma warm up slowly so their bodies are able to adjust to the increase in intensity. This means they may need to walk in the first few minutes of their warm-up before they start to jog gently. There is some excellent advice and guidance on the Asthma UK website: 

Remember, being active can help your asthma

"I feel much better now that I’m fit, and I’ve noticed my reliever inhalers last a lot longer because I don’t need to use them as much."

Eight out of ten people with asthma aren't doing enough exercise, often because they're worried it will trigger their symptoms. But actually exercise can help your asthma, so don't let it hold you back! If your condition is stopping you from exercising see your GP or asthma nurse. They'll be able to check your medicines and help you find ways to get more active.

Exercise can help you:

  • improve your lung capacity, which will help you to manage your asthma better when you exercise
  • cope better with everyday chores as you'll have more stamina
  • worry less about your asthma, and give you the confidence to manage your condition. 

Continuous Running activities
During PE lessons all students will gradually build up to 5 minutes of continuous running as part of their warm-up. We actively encourage pupils to supplement their fitness through additional participation in physical activity. There are a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities available to all pupils, or they may prefer to choose to do more activity in their own time, or both! (for further information, please see ‘Extra-Curricular’ section on the website.

Pupils will participate in a cross-country challenge or equivalent approximately 2-3 times a year. This activity involves a short period of continuous running - pupils are always given a choice of time or distance to provide them with a challenge that is appropriate to their individual needs. However the maximum time would rarely exceed 15minutes.

NHS guidelines state that the minimum level pupils should be able to achieve should be:

Yr7 run continuously for 12mins

Yr8 run continuously for 15mins

Yr9 run continuously for 20mins

Yr10 upwards run continuously for 25mins

The following link outlines the expected physical literacy skills in relation to the age of a pupil.

Follow this link for information concerning concussion and the playing of rugby.