Preparing Key Stage 3 students for GCSE PE

With the new GCSE specifications seemingly more dense with technical information than before, many teachers are considering the importance of familiarising their Key Stage 3 students and introducing knowledge in advance of Year 10. However, should we really be considering taking the PHYSICAL out of Physical Education at KS3, just so they can achieve the grades at GCSE?

The Department for Education’s programme of study for KS3 PE suggests that we offer a high-quality Physical Education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and physically demanding activities, and provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. If we are to achieve this then we need to keep PE active, especially as, for some students, this may be the only exercise they get!

Faced with increasing pressures to keep PE active, but also to achieve academic results, leaves many teachers questioning how they should be delivering PE at Key Stage 3. Whilst the answer is not simple, it is important to keep PE enjoyable for students at this young age. We do not want to devalue the time spent on learning practical skills, and we must provide the opportunities to develop confidence and interest in the subject before bombarding them with theoretical content.

Teachers should be confident in delivering a flexible curriculum in schools and develop life-long learners that understand the matters, skills and processes needed for success in PE and sport. The theory content of the GCSEs lends itself to be taught in a practical setting and with carefully structured lessons and resources, it can be introduced to Key Stage 3 pupils with success.

Here at ZigZag, we understand the difficulties and pressures you face as teachers and we are keen to keep the PHYSICAL whilst developing the EDUCATION when it comes to KS3 PE. That’s why we are continuing to develop a range of teaching resources to support your delivery of the KS3 PE National Curriculum, from Skills and Tactics Cards that get students analysing their performance to Sport Education Guides that develop students’ understanding of the roles beyond the performer. And if you really want to provide your students with the theoretical knowledge for the transition into GCSE PE, then get them exploring it for themselves at home, with our differentiated homeworks!

For more information regarding our Key Stage 3 PE teaching resources click here

AS and A Level AQA: Homework Pack: Topic 6/7: Research Methods

AS and A Level AQA: Homework Pack: Topic 6/7: Research Methods

Up to 20 stand-alone homework sheets with up to 40 activities covering the NEW A Level AQA Psychology topics. Ready-to-use and easy-to-set, write-on homework sheets, with answers included. These homeworks provide a variety of questions, tasks & activities to help understanding of the topic, develop key exam skills & cover all assessment objectives.

  • Varied and interesting activities to engage students – includes case study evaluation, match-ups, gap-fills and more!
  • Exam-style activities for AS and A Level – co-teachable and brilliant for revision.
  • Mastermind tasks challenge the most able – make differentiation easy.

This is a thorough and comprehensive set of resources for teachers to use alongside their teaching and would be a valuable assessment resource for all, but especially new and inexperienced teachers or teachers who are not specialised in psychology. I feel that this resource would be an excellent summation task following the classroom teaching of each topic. Many of the questions would prepare the student for the exam questions as well as giving them a variety of sills for applying their knowledge to unseen scenarios, which is essential for the AQA exams… I’d absolutely purchase this resource! This is thorough and would make an excellent resource for both new and experienced teachers. – J Bedson, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £64 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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A Level AQA: Homework Pack: Topic 8: Issues & Debates in Psychology

A Level AQA: Homework Pack: Topic 8: Issues & Debates in Psychology

Up to 20 stand-alone homework sheets with up to 40 activities covering the NEW A Level AQA Psychology topics. Ready-to-use and easy-to-set, write-on homework sheets, with answers included. These homeworks provide a variety of questions, tasks & activities to help understanding of the topic, develop key exam skills & cover all assessment objectives.

  • Varied and interesting activities to engage students – includes case study evaluation, match-ups, gap-fills and more!
  • Exam-style activities for AS and A Level – co-teachable and brilliant for revision.
  • Mastermind tasks challenge the most able – make differentiation easy.

I thought this was a useful resource to enable students to research elements of the Issues and Debates content of the A2 specification independently….I feel this would be a useful resource to consolidate learning outside the classroom with the use of guided activities for the students – S Smale, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £49 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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Differentiated Homeworks for GCSE AQA PE Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement

Differentiated Homeworks for GCSE AQA PE Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement

Comprehensive and challenging homeworks fully covering every topic of the new 2016 GCSE AQA PE specification.

Very staff friendly and could be [used] for homeworks, peer-assessment or revision tasks
R Devlin, Director of Learning in PE & Independent Reviewer

15 homeworks carefully written for each individual paper.

  • Interesting and differentiated activities provide two versions of each homework – allowing you to tailor work to the needs of individual learners.
  • Opportunities for application – bring theory to life – building connections between theory and sporting examples – perfect for the new exams.
  • Extension activities – stretch and challenge both higher- and lower-ability students.

Plus plenary research task helps develop independent enquirers, delving deeper into theory content.

  • Fully referenced against the specification to support curriculum planning and mapping
  • Includes exam-style questions – drawing students’ focus back to exam preparation
  • Answers provided for easy marking

‘A lot of new topic areas and a greater requirement for application of knowledge is developed through this resource. Would quickly add to the application of learning for all students and allow them to consolidate their learning from the lesson. Content is covered well with a range of methods of application and links to the examination.’ – R Devlin, Director of learning in PE and Independent Reviewer

Price is £69 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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GCSE AQA PE – Differentiated Homeworks Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences

Differentiated Homeworks for AQA GCSE PE

Comprehensive and challenging homeworks fully covering every topic of the new 2016 GCSE AQA PE specification.

15 homeworks carefully written for each individual paper.

  • Interesting and differentiated activities provide two versions of each homework – allowing you to tailor work to the needs of individual learners.
  • Opportunities for application – bring theory to life – building connections between theory and sporting examples – perfect for the new exams.
  • Extension activities – stretch and challenge both higher- and lower-ability students.

Plus plenary research task helps develop independent enquirers, delving deeper into theory content.

  • Fully referenced against the specification to support curriculum planning and mapping
  • Includes exam-style questions – drawing students’ focus back to exam preparation
  • Answers provided for easy marking

“Range of activities/ pictures to support learning and a range of learning styles. Very staff friendly and could be incorporated as H/W, peer/ assessment or revision tasks. A very versatile resource with clear, good use of pictures particularly for some of the dryer topics!” – R Devlin, Director of Learning in PE & Independent Reviewer.

Price is £69 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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A Level AQA: Homework Pack: Topic 12: Schizophrenia

A Level AQA: Homework Pack: Topic 12: Schizophrenia

Up to 20 stand-alone homework sheets with up to 40 activities covering the NEW A Level AQA Psychology topics. Ready-to-use and easy-to-set, write-on homework sheets, with answers included. These homeworks provide a variety of questions, tasks & activities to help understanding of the topic, develop key exam skills & cover all assessment objectives.

  • Varied and interesting activities to engage students – includes case study evaluation, match-ups, gap-fills and more!
  • Exam-style activities for AS and A Level – co-teachable and brilliant for revision.
  • Mastermind tasks challenge the most able – make differentiation easy.

A useful resource which enables students to research elements of the content of the biopsychology section of the specification independently… I feel this would be a useful resource to consolidate learning outside the classroom with the use of guided activities for the students – S Smale, Lecturer and Independent Reviewer (on other resource in range)

Price is £49 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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AS and A Level AQA Psychology Homework Pack: Topic 3: Attachment

AS and A Level AQA Psychology Homework Pack: Topic 3: Attachment

Up to 20 stand-alone homework sheets with up to 40 activities covering the NEW A Level AQA Psychology topics. Ready-to-use and easy-to-set, write-on homework sheets, with answers included. These homeworks provide a variety of questions, tasks & activities to help understanding of the topic, develop key exam skills & cover all assessment objectives.

  • Varied and interesting activities to engage students – includes case study evaluation, match-ups, gap-fills and more!
  • Exam-style activities for AS and A Level – co-teachable and brilliant for revision.
  • Mastermind tasks challenge the most able – make differentiation easy.

I thought the homework resource was good. It had a range of activities based on research methods, studies, theories and debates. As a homework resource I think it matches the specification well – especially with the emphasis on research methods and interpreting research. – M Ransom, Teacher and Independent Reviewer (feedback for another resource in this range)

Price is £49 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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