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Games in Education Assignment

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Games in Education Assignment Emma Traynor The inclusion of games in the national curriculum for physical education, provide children with a wide range of benefits, which can lead to increased physical and mental development through sport. Team games have recently been emphasised in the national curriculum, with a privileged status for games establishing within the activity based framework of the national curriculum (Williams, 2000). It is a common fact that sport can provide children with positive and enjoyable experiences, and through the appropriate teaching and learning of games, these experiences can be developed to provide children with the ability to realise his/her physical and mental potential. It is this realisation which will prepare a child for adulthood and life in the outside world. It is my intention to look at the many ways games contribute to children's schooling and also to interpret the various programmes of study for games in the national curriculum for physical education. One of the most prominent developments in physical education today is the growth in interest of health related fitness. A physically active lifestyle can promote many benefits to a human being, both healths related and performance related, including cardio respiratory fitness, muscular endurance, agility, reaction time and even stress management (Williams, 1989). During key stage 4 of the national curriculum, pupils are given the opportunity to appreciate the exercise effects and health benefits associated with their selected activities. A lack of physical activity is known to be a primary risk factor of almost equal importance to smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (Gookooluck, 2003). ...read more.

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The use of small sided games gives children a better opportunity for involvement in the game. Siedentop (1994) states that the demands of a large sided game are not matched to the developmental levels of the students, and the skills learned in isolation are seldom displayed appropriately in the game context. Therefore games give the child more involvement, and ensure a more varied and valued practice. Modification of games, allows the child to play a modified version of the adult game. These modifications can include the nature and size of equipment, the size of the court or the reduction of more complicated rules. These small sided, modified version of games, provide children with a better chance to execute and develop there skills which leads to better enjoyment and understanding of the game. It can therefore be seen that games provides children with a wide variety of skills, which can be adapted to a variety of sports giving them a freedom of choice in later life. Another key area games is effective in developing is knowledge and tactics. During a games situation, the knowledge and tactics of a game are vital components in order for success. Williams (1989), states that the success of a game depends upon the creative power of the children. Key stages 3 and 4 highlight the ability to develop techniques, tactics and strategies in a games situation. Games in the national curriculum therefore provide with the opportunity to be creative through sport. Children apply the skills they have developed through the key stages, to finding solutions to different challenges such as beating the opposition in a sporting situation. ...read more.

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A significant emphasis is placed on observing the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour through key stages 1 to 3 of the national curriculum Seidentop (1994) states that the teacher should provide purposeful practice for good sporting behaviour, and that he/she should design an educational environment where fair play and sporting values are taught and reinforced consistently. The games lesson continually provides this environment, as competition will be evident in nearly all game situations. This therefore provides the opportunity for fair play to be encouraged, and emphasise that what matters most is not who wins or loses but playing fairly. . Therefore by promoting to children this from early on the teacher will be able, through games, to shape the child's character through sport and eventually life. In conclusion, after close examination of games as part of a child's schooling, I feel it is clear to see the wide range of positive attributes that evolve from participating in games during a child's physical and mental development. From the obvious long term benefits of a physically active lifestyle, to the development of character and self realisation. No-one can doubt the appeal of games to children, they provide opportunities for children to pit their wits, test their physical powers and extend their relationships (Williams, 1989). Through interpretation of the national curriculum for games in physical education, it is evident that the development of a child's physical and mental health, is the main areas hoping to be enhanced in a child's educational life. The national curriculum hopes to produce healthy children who will be able to function happily and efficiently in society, and hopefully continue their physical education into adulthood. Word Count 1896 ...read more.

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