Physical education is an important part of the primary curriculum and one that provides unique challenges for those involved with its teaching. This book offers a balanced and comprehensive overview of the subject, covering issues such as safe practice in PE, inclusion, subject leadership, and cross-curricular approaches supported by an accessible theory-informed approach. The Second Edition includes: • Links to the new National Curriculum in England • Each chapter mapped against the Teachers’ Standards • A new chapter on physical literacy and development in the early years and primary ages • A new chapter on health-focused education and the contribution of PE • Added case studies in every chapter • Enhanced coverage of assessment in PE This book includes a companion website with additional resources! This book includes a companion website with additional resources!



The teaching of physical education in primary schools has always been debated and questioned. Changes to national curricula and continuing debates around physical activity and healthy active lifestyles have seen a rise in the importance of physical education as a core subject helped by financial support through the introduction of the Primary Physical Education and School Sport Premium. This book provides an overview of key aspects associated with the development and delivery of effective physical education experiences.

Chapters 1 and 2 provide an overview of physical education and the contribution it makes to the development of pupils and allow the reader to develop a deeper understanding of the theories of learning and development associated with the subject.

Chapter 3 encourages the reader to think about the ...

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