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How to teach Primary PE

Discussion in 'Physical education' started by simon43, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. simon43

    simon43 New commenter

    I work as a Primary Homeroom teacher in a bilingual school in a rather remote and developing country in south-east Asia. The children are a joy to teach. I normally teach the core subjects and others - English, ESL, Maths, Science, Citizenship, ICT, but I do not teach the specialist subjects of Art and Music.

    Note that although from the UK, my teacher training took place outside the UK and I have taught in this region for many years. I enjoy my job very much and work hard to give the best learning experience to all of my students.

    Now I have been asked to teach PE as well, which I am very happy to do, except I have no idea where to start! I want to be sure that what I teach in these lessons is of value to my class, as opposed to using the lesson to just kick a football about.

    I self-finance my own professional CPD course study and purchase of books etc to help me understand how to improve my teaching of a particular subject.

    So, can anyone suggest some useful resources, CPD or have general advice as to what I could teach in PE lessons for children aged between about 7 and 12 years, (and I realize that this is a wide age range - suggestions and resources by Key stage would be very useful).
  2. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Are you teaching those age ranges together ie in vertical grouping or will they be eg Year 3, year 4, year 5 etc
  3. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    .... and what PE do they do at the moment - what is the curriculum (sports/activities), how many minutes in each lesson, how many lessons per week?
  4. simon43

    simon43 New commenter

    Sorry, I teach one age range at a time, such as 7-8 years, 9-10 years. Each class is 50 minutes long and they only get 1 PE lesson per week.

    In that lesson, (currently managed by local, untrained staff - this is a school in south-east Asia), the students do exactly what they do during playtime/lunch-break ==> play tag and kick a football.

    There is zero gym equipment, but I feel that the students could be doing something more benefical.
  5. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    We work from Val Sabin. They are rather prescriptive but very skills based so useful for beginners ( but I think the older children find the lack of competition disappointing, so I do half the lesson from the scheme and the other half we play a competitive game). I think the teachers who have the younger classes find them especially thorough.
  6. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    Hi David,

    Diabolo is a nice skill to teach that age range. You would of course have to learn it yourself. You may of course find some 'local yokels' who can do it anyway.

    One of the nice things about teaching circus skills is that the kids go away and carry on learning by themselves. They also help each other very well at that age.

  7. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    At a basic level of help I would suggest the following:
    • Google for ideas of basic games and activities which require minimal equipment
    • Maximise the amount of time the children are active for - less talk/more movement. You should aim for at least 70% activity time.
    • Make sure the children have fun - at this age we want to enthuse them to be active and love physical movement.
    • Try not to get too bogged down with skills practices. Ensure there is a lot of game time. Children learn as much from playing a game as they do with controlled skills practices.
    • Build up a 'toolkit' of simple warm-ups, games and movement activities and try them out/adapt them as you learn.
    • If there is any additional training available to you - take it.
  8. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    If they are doing team games in their own time then I suggest things like invasion games from the popular strand of teaching games for understanding - known as TGfU in the trade. There are many variations in this and they are useful for building key sporting skills prior to undertaking a main sport. It's a bit like teaching phonics prior to reading. Here is an example.
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  9. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

  10. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

  11. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Jobs, finances, workload....... balls
  12. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

  13. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I'm doing well BFG. Back in UK, resting in between jobs.

    Had the possibility of a job back in Cairo, but was slow off the mark and missed the boat (not literally of course!)
  14. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    Possibly a new British school with a type of bottled water?

    DoS "to make *** the top sporting school in Egypt?"

    Website looks great - rolling fields and forest at the back and sedate 2 lane road in front

    In reality, at the back, the calor gas factory and the sedate road is the (expanded) 16 lane Ring Road

    Met the Head. Top bloke
  15. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    Hi @stopwatch

    I suppose i do a form of PE with my circus workshops. Often to support 'circus' topic studies.

    I do workshops in special needs schools too where my weird and wonderful equipment shows another approach to mobility work.

    If you are ever near Birmingham feel free to drop by.

    You may enjoy seeing another approach.

  16. PlanMyPE

    PlanMyPE New commenter


    I have been a pe teacher for nearly 20yrs and have developed schemes of work and lessons based on tgfu (teaching games for understanding). I have used this format for cpd with primary teachers and the teachers have found it to be the best and easiest way to deliver primary PE.

    Please check out www.planmype.com for all the information, resources and help you will need for delivering your lessons.

    Alternatively you can browse my shop on here for more resources.

    Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.....im here to help.

    Good luck
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