Key Stage 3

Sports Studies

Sports Studies is a field that looks at sports from different angles, including social, cultural and scientific perspectives.
~ John Owens

About Science at New Heights Key Stage 3

Sports Studies is a field that looks at sports from different angles, including social, cultural, scientific perspectives.  It explores how sports impact society and individuals, covering areas like health and exercise science, and the sociocultural relevance of sports. In essence, Sports Studies helps us understand the broad impact and significance of sports in various aspects of life.

Sports Science is fun!

Subject Content

This academic year, students will develop their knowledge in the following areas:

Anatomy – This field explores how the human body’s structure affects sports performance and athlete well-being. It covers topics like how muscles and bones work during different sports movements, preventing and treating injuries, and tailoring training for specific sports. The goal is to bridge the gap between anatomical knowledge and practical applications for athletes and sports professionals.

Social/Personal – This area of study delves into the social and cultural aspects of sports, examining how they influence and are influenced by broader societal trends. Investigating the intersections between sports and society, this field explores issues like the impact of culture on sports participation, how a person’s personal choices can affect their lifestyle, and how to maintain a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.

Curriculum Principles

The Sports Studies curriculum is designed with the goal of offering a
knowledge-enriched learning experience that fosters student’s physical,
mental, and social well-being. It aims to combine theoretical elements of
physical activity with practical aspects to form a holistic experience.
The curriculum is crafted to cultivate character traits such as resilience and
empathy, along with fostering essential skills in leadership, decision-making,
and problem-solving among students.

Assessment and Feedback

Assessment in this subject is continuous and ongoing. Students receive regular
written and verbal feedback, and are asked to self-evaluate at the end of each

Links to Everyday Life

Maintaining good health and fitness is now more crucial than ever. During our
time with the students, we aim to illustrate the enjoyment of physical activity
and emphasize the significance of sustaining well-being, highlighting the
connections between good health and maintaining a balanced diet. Providing
students with theoretical knowledge of how their bodies work is crucial in
understanding the importance of lifelong participation in physical activity.

Sports Science matters

Future Careers

Engaging in Sports Studies lessons enables students to cultivate transferable skills applicable to their future education and careers. Knowledge of the human body links heavily with roles in physiotherapy and medicine. Understanding of the role of sports in society links to careers in coaching and social work. Participation in team and individual sports fosters leadership and communication, whilst building resilience and self-confidence. Moreover, students are informed about educational routes leading to qualifications in sports, including teaching coaching, and sports therapy.