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The Benefits of Providing Quality Physical Education in the Primary School

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Summative assessment - Part One 0601027 There are many ways in which Physical Education benefits young children physically, socially and emotionally. Some of these factors are not covered within other curriculum areas and therefore without the teaching of physical education, would be missed completely. PE lessons allow children to explore their own abilities, whilst learning essential expression and interaction skills. As well as improving a child's physical abilities, well organised PE lessons give him/her the opportunity to be creative. It has been proven that regular physical activity improves brain function particularly during the early stages of life. By exerting themselves physically during PE lessons, children will develop their brains allowing them to perform better in all areas. This is particularly beneficial to less able children who may struggle in more academic areas. The inclusion of PE on the timetable will allow these children to improve their mental skills, through participating in a subject that they may find more enjoyable. The National Summit of Physical Education held in 2005 states, The aim of Physical Education is to develop physical competence so that children are able to move efficiently, effectively and safely and understand what they are doing. ...read more.


This allows the children to express their learning through movement, a style of learning that will suit many young children. By promoting PE as an imaginative and fun subject, children will be keen to participate fully and to the best of their ability. Children may have to apply mental and logical skills to tackle challenges during a PE lesson, but because of the physical nature of the lesson this academic application may go unnoticed. This will particularly benefit kinesthetic learners, some of whom will find it difficult to work effectively seated in the classroom. The health benefits surrounding regular physical activity are numerous. The level of Childhood obesity has doubled since 1982 and by 2020 half of all children in Britain could be obese (www.BBC.co.uk). With childhood obesity at all time high, the role of PE in schools is extremely important in promoting the awareness of a healthy lifestyle. The PE that children receive in schools is often the foundation on which the rest of the sport in their lives is built. If children develop an interest in sport and healthy lifestyles during the primary years, they may be more likely to carry this interest forward into their teens and adulthood. ...read more.


Children who are allowed to work on their own initiative often produce imaginative results. Knight (2006) states, Schools are finding that there are many knock on benefits (to regular PE lessons). Children develop new skills, gain confidence and are more motivated to learn. PE offers the stimulus for this creativity in a way that very few other subjects can. Through team work, children are given the opportunity to share ideas with their peers. This experience encourages children to speak and listen to other class members, often promoting positive social interaction between different cultural, gender and ability groups. Such interaction leads to a greater understanding of others and is invaluable to a child's all round learning. Sanderson (1994:12) states, ''PE experiences make valuable contributions to the development of the whole child by offering integrated physical, motor skill, cognitive, personal and social, creative and aesthetic education.' Physical Education is central to a balanced education and the development of all young people. Whatever their gender, age or ability all children should have access to good PE provision during the primary years. PE develops skills that are essential to a child's development both within their school life and in the outside world. ...read more.

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