The PE Playbook – March 2016 Edition

Welcome to the March 2016 Edition of the PE Playbook. The PE Playbook is a review of blog posts over the past month that are specific to Physical Education or Youth Sport. Its about bringing these blog posts into a format that is easy to find, use and share. Hopefully this will result in more PE Teachers (and others) reading them and engaging with them. If you have any feedback about the presentation or content of the PE Playbook then please let me know in the comments section of this post or via @ImSporticusPrevious Editions of the PE Playbook can be found here.


Kevin Peake, is an experienced PE Teacher, who blogs at The PE and Sports Assessment Blog. Since starting in January he has been prestigious in his output. This month he started with a challenge The Burj Khalifa Fitness Challenge and followed with an in-depth look at his process of The Development of Learning Objectives in PE. In Leader Cards – Sportshall Athletics Kevin shares some excellent resources and then in Making Impact with Assessment we are taken through how Kevin uses both formative and summative assessment, specifically in a unit of work that uses Sports Education as a model of delivery.  4 Simple Games for Racquet Sports and Peer Assessment and Teaching Cards – Tennis are timed perfectly with the summer term fast approaching. In Some ideas for Active Maths through PE examples of how PE teachers can implement numeracy in lessons are provided and Introducing the principles of attack offers advice on how we can introduce the basics to children in a modified games approach. Kevin finishes off this months postings with his signature dish Working towards outstanding PE. Whilst I’m not a big fan of the term ‘outstanding’, the ingredients in his dish are sensible and would give any lessons a clear structure and flow.


FC Barcelona: Dismantling the Language of War in this wonderful post by James Vaughan writing on behalf of the Player Development Project the language that Barcelona use to describe football is explored in detail. Perhaps there this is something we as PE teachers could adapt and implement?

Cooperative Learning in #PhysEd: Putting the pieces together by Jo Bailey is about the cooperative learning structure Jigsaw and how she has used it in both athletics and dance.

Part I: Dance in PE and Part II: Dance in PE by Amanda Stanec on behalf of  Groove EDGEucation and  Teaching Dance for Understanding (TDfU) will become my go to posts for implementing dance within a PE curriculum.

Ostracised Newbie or Welcomed Addition? by Krissi Paterson  is a thoughtful post on how you can integrate yourself when you are a new coach. I feel many of her suggestions can also work for PE Teachers in a new school.

A Brief Discussion of the role of Game Centred Approaches (GCA) to learning in sport by Benny Franks is a researched based post on the pros of using GCA’s in teaching PE and coaching sports.

Action Research Project – Motion – Part 2 by Mel Hamada continues her fascinating  professional development project within school that is looking her students motion during the school day and how she might be able to play with constraints to help to improve that.

What Makes a Master Coach? by Anne Josephson at Jaggy Gymnastics is a list of elements of what she thinks makes a truly masterful coach in sport.

An Introduction to Physical Literacy Praxis by Doug Gleddie  attempts to bridge the philosophical underpinnings of Physical Literacy with a more practical framework and application.

Benevolence as restraint in PE – 4 years on by Lee Anderson delivers yet another thoughtful post, this time exploring his own practice in terms of teaching PE to girls and boys.

Banning the tackle in rugby: A lesson in A vs Z by Ross Tucker is a calm, balanced, and science based approach on the debate of whether tackling in rugby should be banned within the school setting.

Developing Excellence in Young Athletes by Inner Drive summarises the research on Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence. I believe this area could have a big impact on our students within Physical Education if taught well.










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