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Curriculum PE

A continuum of experiences in PE

What is success in PE? The answer to this question all depends on what role you think PE has to play in a child’s schooling and their wider education beyond. Whilst there will always be a lack of consensus, one idea that tends to unite people is that PE should contribute to children becoming physically […]

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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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PE Play Book

The PE Play Book – July 2019 Edition

The PE in the title will take on two meanings; Physical Education but also Practice Focused and Evidence Informed. What do I mean by Practice Focused and Evidence Informed? Practice Focused Evidence Informed Purpose of Curriculum Theory and Research Content of Curriculum My own experience of teaching Teaching of Curriculum Subjective Data Reflection on purpose, […]

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PE Play Book

The PE Play Book – June 2019 Edition

Every month for the last four years I have published the PE Play Book, a monthly round up of blog posts, podcasts, videos and online articles on PE and School Sport that I had read or listened to the previous month. However my reading habits have changed over that time and whilst I still read […]

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Curriculum PE

Game Sense as Explicit Guided Discovery

James Gee, in his excellent book Good Video Games and Good Learning, believes there are two divides in video games and learning: *The First Divide:* On one hand there is break everything down into bits and pieces each bit in its proper sequence (drill and practice theory). On the other hand there is practice the […]

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Curriculum PE Personal Reflection

Opening the door to more.

My very first lesson as a qualified teacher was also nearly my very last. I was teaching Olympic Gymnastics to 34 Year 11 boys; rings, pommels, parallel bars, vaulting and floor work. Thankfully I had the chance to tweak my lesson as I had the opportunity to watch Noel, a very experienced member of the […]

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Curriculum PE

Competence: Climbing Frames not Ladders

Ensuring children turn into adults who lead a healthy and active lifestyle is the Gordian Knot that PE teachers have a shared responsibility for solving. Part of the solution involves developing competence, but much of the debate about competence is binary. As explained in my last post, either it is everything, or it is nothing. As PE Teachers […]

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Curriculum PE

Competence: A Debate

Every week on Twitter I see people engaged in a debate about the importance of ‘competence’ as a key factor in of ensuring lifelong movement. The debate generally involves two competing positions; competence is not a key factor or that a very narrow view of competence is a key factor. I don’t think this is […]

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Personal Reflection

Role Models

It’s performance management season again and I’m really beginning to despise it. Not for what it is trying to do, but what it has become. There is a pernicious idea that has taken hold in my experience of performance management that more is always better. No matter what you may have done last year, no […]

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Curriculum PE

Towards the Deep End

Do we teach for joy and delight? These words from Scott Kretchmar have been ringing in my head since I first heard them on Andy Vasily‘s podcast with him a few weeks ago.  Fun and Delight are two human experiences which can be realised through movement. To Kretchmar fun is a shallow and fleeting distraction, […]