• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Benefits of Providing Quality Physical Education in the Primary School

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Developmental Psychology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Developmental Psychology essays

  1. Communication skills in a group interaction.

    I believe that I was quite good when showing I was interested, and the children felt like I was listening. By using methods like this it enabled me to show to the pupils that I valued them as individuals and helped to promote a relationship between us because they often

  2. Has childhood obesity in Britain been socially constructed?

    The leisure activities of children have also changed dramatically. Children fifty years ago were able to play safely outside in the streets. Children played sports such as football in the streets with no worries as there was very little traffic around.

  1. History of Education

    The need to help the child vagrants was seen as urgent. Reformatories were introduced to provide a type of education for these children. They would have been sixteen years of age or under. These children would have been convicted of a punishable offence and would have been imprisoned had it not been for the emergence of reformatories.

  2. Free essay

    The Efective Primary School Teacher

    It also enabled me to report back to the class teacher with areas of weakness that could be focused on in subsequent sessions. Some of the lower ability children were particularly keen to talk to me about what they had learnt as they were more able to express themselves verbally than through writing.

  1. Enterprise in sport

    Plus there aren't many Olympic size ice rinks nation wide, many skate shops cant get skates in stock from abroad due to the huge rush for skates, so many people are now ordering from e-bay and from the states as most skate shops nation wide have a waiting list of over 2 months.

  2. I have decided to do my portfolio on Beaufort Park School, for several reasons. ...

    in all aspects of the school life-often based on the "weekly theme" Efficiency * They will follow LEA guidelines closely in all financial matters. They'll ensure that nominated individuals are responsible for money, so that it is spent wisely and always accounted for.

  1. Recent progressive educators will be mentioned. Free schooling and the type of education rendered ...

    principles of progressive education, which uniqueness "rests firmly on the refusal to impose a particular set of values not only the ones contained in the curriculum" (Gribble 1985). The philosophy of progressive schools has no room for any dictated creed.

  2. Ergonomics, investigation of human physical and mental abilities and the application of this knowledge ...

    http://encarta.eng.msn.com/encyclopedia/weblinks/default.asp?ty=more&ca=1538&ti=25014272&vs=e98&lv=z&os=win Anthropometrics - The scientific study of the measurements of the human body. Design and Society Technological advancement has not been the only significant influence on design in the post-1945 era.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work