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A Tactical Games Approach – Revisted

A Tactical Games Approach to teaching Games The tactical games approach aims to improve children’s understanding of the game by combining tactical awareness and skill execution. It does that by placing them in a modified game situation with a tactical problem to solve. The rationale for a tactical games teaching in PE and school sport […]

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Curriculum PE

At arms length

An often espoused intention of a secondary school PE curriculum is to help young people find an activity they like and will continue beyond PE. In order to achieve that intention it makes sense to provide a variety of activities for young people to experience. The result of this assumption is to produce a programme […]

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Curriculum PE

Harm Free PE

How can we improve the provision of PE? My initial response to that question as a novice teacher was what could I add. What new sports can I include in the curriculum that children might enjoy? What new initiatives, like the Daily Mile, can I implement that will get children moving more? What new teaching […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion

How fundamental are fundamental movement skills?

  Fundamental Motor Skills (FMS) are observable patterns of motor behaviours composed of basic locomotor activities such as running and jumping, manipulative activities such as throwing and catching, and stability activities such as balancing on one foot or walking on a narrow beam (Goodway et al, 2020). The development of FMS is considered important as […]

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Curriculum PE

The role of gamification in problem solving.

The application of gamification, that is the usage of game elements in non-game contexts, is growing in PE and youth sport. Whether it is through simple points scoring systems for fitness workouts, cards that offer game based scenarios and super powers or through a more comprehensive use of guiding principles to shape practice. In a […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion

Movement as a way of enriching life

A key part of the PE Teachers role is to improve the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed that will allow children to access different forms of movement both in the present and in their future. That job of work is supported by the sharing of reasons why they might want to embrace movement in their […]

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Curriculum PE Professional Development

The right tool, for the right job.

PE Teachers have an almighty tool shed of teaching styles, methods and approaches at their disposal to nurture the physically educated person. We can develop the quality and impact of our teaching by expanding the range of tools we have, picking the right tool for the job at hand, and learning how to use that […]

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Physical Literacy: Can we teach it?

Can physical literacy (PL) be taught? This is a question I have been asked by primary school teachers, secondary school PE teachers and youth sport coaches over the last few weeks. This post is an attempt to articulate my thinking and start a discussion about what is the best way for teachers and coaches who […]

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Curriculum PE

A continuum of experiences in PE

What is success in PE? The answer to this question all depends on what role you think PE has to play in a child’s schooling and their wider education beyond. Whilst there will always be a lack of consensus, one idea that tends to unite people is that PE should contribute to children becoming physically […]

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Drowning in the Shallow 2019-in-review

10 most read posts of 2019 10 most read posts written in 2019 4 domains of learning in Physical Education¬†(written in 2015) Physical Education is a contested subject and will always remain to be so. Should we PE Teachers focus on the physical, or should we focus on the education? A Twitter survey of PE […]