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!

Planning the Learning Experience

Planning the Learning Experience

Chapter aims

  • To develop an understanding of the processes involved in developing effective learning experiences
  • To develop an understanding of the process of planning and its application within physical education
  • To develop an understanding of assessment and its effective use within teaching and learning
  • To integrate existing knowledge within the process of planning

Links to Teachers’ Standards

In working through this chapter, you should develop your knowledge associated with the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011) detailed in Table 3.1.


Ofsted, in reviewing physical education inspections between 2008 and 2012, suggest that weaker teaching is reflected by ‘teachers’ limited subject knowledge and use of assessment which led to superficial planning and insufficient challenge, particularly for the more able pupils’ (Ofsted, 2013: 5). Further that teachers should ...

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