PE as a ‘knowledge rich’ subject

If the knowledge we teach in PE divorces the mind from body, thought from action, reason from meaning and the individual from the environment, at the very best we can only ever nurture a physically educatedmind but never a physically educated person. Adapted from Arnold (1991). In OFSTED's recent AfPE webinar on PE and the … Continue reading PE as a ‘knowledge rich’ subject

The Elephant and The Rider

Why do people fail to control themselves and continue to do what they know is not good for them? This is something that Jonathan Haidt ponders in The Happiness Hypothesis. Reflecting on his lack of willpower with regard to desserts and inadequate theories of rational choice and information processing, he creates the metaphor of The … Continue reading The Elephant and The Rider

Implementing the features of Meaningful PE

This post is a personal reflection on Meaningful PE (MPE). MPE is a pedagogical approach to PE instruction designed with the aim of helping teachers to explicitly prioritise meaningful experiences for students. This is an attempt to update and clarify some of my own thinking (which is incomplete). One of the questions that always comes … Continue reading Implementing the features of Meaningful PE

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

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

"skills are not practiced diligently; old habits are never relinquished; new habits are not developed; attitudes are not changed; nobody is inducted into any one of the many movement subcultures that are asking for new members; learning plateaus are never encountered because they are never reached; and advanced challenges are never met. Much of the … 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 a … 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