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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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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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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 Opinion Personal Reflection

Physical Literacy: What is your flavour?

“Now what happens when you take a system apart, it loses all of its essential properties and therefore when you take a situation and by analysis reduce it to the problems of which it is composed you have lost all the essential properties of reality and essential properties of the parts.” – Russell Ackoff Physical […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion

Best in Show

Best in Show is a mockumentary that takes a comedic view of dog shows, by following a number of participants and their dogs through a prestigious competition. During the competition judges not only compare dogs to each other, they also judge each dog against the parameters of the idealised version of its breed. In other words, when […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion School Sport

The physically educated person

We want every child to build up their character and resilience by having access to a variety of activities to stretch and challenge themselves. Here are our #5FoundationsForCharacter to help young people think, develop and grow 👇 pic.twitter.com/gHlYxgIyl2 — DfE (@educationgovuk) February 7, 2019 With every government initiative in education there are unforeseen consequences. The […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion

Physical Education: The Antidote or the Poison?

PE is in a state of crisis or so social critical theorists would have us believe. David Kirk believes that physical education is in crisis because the ‘dominant practice of physical education as ‘sport-techniques’ is resistant to change’. Andrew Hawkins believes that ‘philosophical dispositions and societal trends are conspiring to rob our profession of its […]

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The Bad and The Best

A couple of weeks ago, Edutopia published an article entitled 5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving. I found the subsequent commentary on the article, mainly via Twitter, absolutely fascinating. Whilst I could understand many of the points made from a range of perspectives, the conversations around the article made me consider how I’ve changed my thinking about […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion

Movement Culture

The parts of our PE curriculum that I find the most difficult to teach are establishing behaviours for movement (Affective Domain) and finding meaning in movement. Whilst basic sports psychology may have the potential answers for the former, I continue to struggle with the latter as it isn’t one that can be taught. It isn’t […]

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Physical Literacy Meditations

I have spent quite a bit of time recently thinking, reading and talking about physical literacy. Going back to the literature, being involved in a research project, through a online forum and then further thoughts being prompted by Nathan Horne’s and Shane Pill’s recent blog posts on the topic. Physical Literacy certainly is gaining traction both […]