PE and PD are different things. Physical development skills are not just limited to
physical education sessions. Throughout the day we encourage the children to be
physically active. Many of our lessons are delivered in a physical or practical manner
so our children are continually developing their physical skills, their agility (how they
move around school as well as how they handle objects, manipulate tools etc), their
balance and their physical co-ordination in large movements as well as with more
intricate activities. Physical development can cover outdoor learning time, play times,
soft play and sensory room sessions.
Physical Education lessons are often more structured and give the children the
opportunity to be taught a range of skills and they will then learn to apply these skills
in a broad range of physical activities. We encourage the children to be physically
active for sustained periods of time and we aim for the children to lead active healthy
lives and we hope to embed an enjoyment in physical activity which will inspire them
to remain active outside of school. Children are also given the opportunity to engage
in competitive sports and activities.
The children are taught how to master basic movements, such as running, jumping
throwing and catching as well as how to develop their balance and control over
themselves and other objects, such as balls and bats. These may be taught through
traditional sports or through games or activities specific to the level and development
of the group.
As children progress they may also learn about the effect of exercise on the body, how
to handle equipment safely and social skills such as how to work with others, as part
of a team. They may also learn simple tactics for attacking and defending.
PE is taught through discrete PE lessons as well as during “fitness” sessions, often
first thing in the morning. PE may also be taught through the International Primary
In the park or your garden you could:
Inside the house you could:
With equipment you could:
There are lots of types of balls that are great for children. Other things can also be used instead of balls:
· tactile balls e.g. with rounded bumps
· koosh balls
· foam balls
· large soft balls
You can bat these with your hand, hit them with a fly swat or the end of a cardboard tube, rolled up newspaper or a ruler.