Revision Ideas

With the Year 11 GCSE PE exam just around the corner, it is coming to the time of year where pupils have covered all of the topics on the syllabus and will be starting to revise.

Revising in lesson time can sometimes be a tedious task for both students and teachers. Why not try and jazz up your revision with some of these ideas?

Revision games

There are lots of TV game shows, both past and present, that can be easily adapted to allow pupils to revise key areas of the syllabus whilst playing a popular game. Here are just some of the games and game shows which I have used within revision lessons:

Top Trumps

This game is adapted from the popular card game where players try to win each others cards. The cards can be made up of a topic area, e.g. Skill related fitness components. Collect some pictures of famous athletes and rank each aspect of skill related fitness out of 100.
This is a good revision game to not only help pupils remember the Skill related fitness components but helps then identify the importance of SRF components within different sports

Muscle tennis

This game is adapted from the famous TV programme game ‘Mallets Mallet’ where contestants had to say 1 word relating to a topic. If the contestant hesitated, paused, repeated a word or didn’t say anything that was relevant then they got hit on the head by a foam mallet.
Use this game to help students learn muscles of the body. Pupils get into pairs and sit opposite each other, first person starts by naming a muscle, the second person must name another muscle in order to return the ball (like a game of tennis). If one person hesitates, pauses, renames a muscle already used or says something irrelevant then they lose the point.

Who wants to be a millionaire

This game follows the same format as the TV show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ where pupils are poised questions and have the possibility of four answers. Each player can ask the audience (rest of the class), phone a friend (a designated pupil in the class) or 50/50 (where two wrong answers get taken away)
This is a good revision game to use with a small class but is less effective with large numbers


This game follows the same format as the American gameshow. Pupils are poised with the answer and have to identify the question.


Pupils have to select which words are linked with the overall topic area. Words which are not linked to the topic area are wipeouts. Pupils must try and a void selecting wipeouts.

They think its all over

This game is taken from the TV show ‘They think its all over’. Pupils are given a word from a topic area and have to explain the word to a partner who has to try and guess the word. Pupils are not allowed to mention part or the whole of the word and must make there explanation PE related. This is a good activity for getting pupils to be able to explain various words within the syllabus.

Picture round

Taken from the TV show ‘A question of sport’ pupils are presented with a sporting image and have to explain and link it to an area of the syllabus. This is good to get the pupils to create links with various topic areas

Higher or Lower

Taken from the TV show ‘Play your cards right’ this game involves identifying if values are higher or lower to the previous value. This works well with Diet when looking at calories in different food groups.


This game follows the same format as the TV show. Pupils must try and make there way across the board by answering questions. The grid is filled with different letters. Questions are based on each letter. E.g. B – what B is responsible for creating flexing of the elbow?

Other activities

Quiz, quiz, trade

An excellent Kagan cooperative learning game where pupils are given a card with a question on it. The card also contains the answer to he question. Pupils walk around the classroom and pair up and then ask each other their questions. Once both questions have been answered they trade cards and continue with the game. After a certain time period all pupils will have answered and asked a range of questions.

Revision carousel

A group is split into smaller groups. This will be dependent on the number of staff available. We have four members of staff between 80 pupils. Each member of staff delivers a 15 min “Quick revision” session. Groups rotate round each session, so that at the end of the lesson they have revised four sections. This works well as it breaks up the lesson

Making podcasts

Pupils make and record a short podcast on a certain topic of the syllabus. These can then be used as a revision source and shared with the whole class. The preparation for the podcast helps pupils to focus on key information on online casino for each

Revision booklet

Using a revision booklet with QR codes can be a extremely effective way for pupils to revise. The QR codes allow pupils to access additional material, such as video clips, slides from lessons or website links. Pupils can access the additional material via a QR scanner on their mobile phones or iPod.

Revision DVD

A great way the engage pupils into revision. Each aspect of the syllabus has a video to cover the key information. The DVDs can be played on most devices, including: Xbox, Playstations, computers, laptops.

These revision methods can be extremely beneficial within lessons to engage and enthuse pupils with their revision. Give them a go.

Have you any great revision ideas that work for you? We’d love to hear from you!

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