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!

How Pupils Learn and Develop

How Pupils Learn and Develop

Chapter aims

  • To develop an understanding of the domains of learning
  • To develop an understanding of theories of learning
  • To be able to identify a range of learning environments and their characteristics and how these may impact upon the learner
  • To develop an ability to apply learning theories within a physical education context

Links to Teachers’ Standards

In working through this chapter, you should develop your knowledge of the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011) detailed in Table 2.1.


The previous chapter explored the aims of physical education and encouraged you to develop your own rationale for the inclusion of the subject within the primary curriculum. What started to emerge was that physical education was more than just developing pupil’s ability to perform; it ...

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