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Year 3

Year 3 Rationale

Moving into Key Stage 2 Pupils are proficient with the basic fundamental skills. Pupils have mastered a range of simple games tactics and move onto gaining knowledge of attacking and defending. In Key Stage 2 pupils are additionally challenged to develop the skills and understanding to self and peer evaluate performances.


In Y3 pupils use the basic fundamental skills in isolation and combination to participate in a range of competitive games. Pupils gain knowledge of suitable principals for attacking and defending.

Pupils develop these skills through the topics:


Invasion Games – Three Touch Ball

Throughout this unit pupils explore sending and receiving a ball and finding space. Pupils progress these skills by applying them in a games context, which involves attackers and defenders. Pupils also apply simple game tactics for an invasion game.  Pupils evaluate their own performance.



In this unit pupils recap different throwing, running and jumping techniques. Pupils learn to apply these to a range of competitive events (run, jump and throw). Through this unit, pupils work towards developing personal bests and are able to evaluate their performance.



Pupils recap gymnastic holds (pike, tuck, and straddle), jumps, methods of travel and balances. Pupils progress these skills by learning to balance on small body parts, rolling using different shape and landings. Pupils apply these skills to a sequence. Again through this unit, pupils are encouraged to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Net and Wall – Tennis

In this unit pupils consolidate different throwing and catching actions. Pupils progress to develop a range of striking skills suitable to tennis, discover movement skills and different body positions, strike using a bat and familiarise themselves with a racquet.



Throughout this unit pupils revisit being able to copy a sequence. Pupils then progress to being able to adapt and create a simple sequence of movements linked to a theme using skills such as: mime. Pupils perform the sequence with coordination and control.


Striking and Fielding

In this unit pupils learn simple tactics in a game, skills to strike and field a ball and develop skills to evaluate tactics. Pupils recap the previously learnt skill of under arm throwing and throwing using accuracy.



Also in Y3, as part of the statutory guidelines, pupils participate in weekly swimming lessons to enable them to be able to swim 25m. In these lessons pupils learn: a range of swimming strokes, how to perform safe self-rescue and they learn how to remain safe, in and around water.