Start with Who

An incident from a Year 9 parents evening many years ago continues to inform my thinking and practice. I was just about to leave when a parent popped their head around the door to see if one of my colleagues was still there. They had already left, but I offered to talk to her about … Continue reading Start with Who

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?

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

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 … Continue reading Physical Literacy: Can we teach it?

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 AckoffPhysical Literacy: … Continue reading Physical Literacy: What is your flavour?

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, … Continue reading Best in Show

The physically educated person With every government initiative in education there are unforeseen consequences. The current drive to build character through sport (and other activities) is having, in my opinion, an unforeseen negative impact on curriculum PE. Staffing, finances, facilities and time are being redistributed from PE provision to school sport provision. Now this might not necessarily be … Continue reading The physically educated person

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 … Continue reading Physical Education: The Antidote or the Poison?

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 … Continue reading The Bad and The Best

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 … Continue reading Movement Culture