Drowning in the Shallow 2020-in-review

"“When movement is experienced as joy, it adorns our lives, makes our days go better, and gives us something to look forward to. When movement is joyful and meaningful, it may even inspire us to do things we never thought possible.” - Scott Kretchmar Top 10 read posts in 2020Top 10 read posts written in … Continue reading Drowning in the Shallow 2020-in-review

At the crossroads

In my previous school the crossroads was where entry into the school dissected with the exit, but more than that it was a place of ritual for school sport. Rituals of meetings, greetings, departures and journeys. Also rituals of questions and reflections. Without fail, the first question that a player was met with as they … Continue reading At the crossroads

School Sport – time to blur the boundaries?

In the last few week I've had numerous conversations about school sport. Due to Covid-19 it has been missing and schools want it back. But why? Whether it was a Headteacher of small primary school in rural Somerset, a Head of PE in a large inner city comprehensive, a Director of Sport in an all … Continue reading School Sport – time to blur the boundaries?

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 … Continue reading A Tactical Games Approach – Revisted

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 … Continue reading At arms length

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 … Continue reading Harm Free PE

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 … Continue reading How fundamental are fundamental movement skills?

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 … Continue reading The role of gamification in problem solving.

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 … Continue reading Movement as a way of enriching life

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 … Continue reading The right tool, for the right job.