The STEP framework in PE was developed to support teaching and learning. Using STEP is an easy to use approach to adapting, differentiating and extending PE and sports lesson. STEP has been highly promoted over the past 10 years including being used in PE teaching resources and CPD courses.  Children use STEP when leading others in programmes such as Young Leaders or Sports Leaders. The reason STEP has gained in popularity and has been used in so many different ways is due to its simplicity.

What is STEP?

Space

Where the activity is happening
E.g. modify the space by increasing or decreasing the area in which a task is to be performed or changing the distance or areas in which to score points.

Task

What is happening?
E.g. modify the task by changing the demands, the rules of the activity, the number of times the child is to repeat the task, teaching cues, direction/level/pathway of movement or length of time to complete the task.

Equipment

What is being used?
E.g. modify the equipment by changing the size of the target, level of equipment, amount of equipment, height of the equipment or the arrangement of the equipment.

People

Who is involved?
E.g. modify the people involved by having children work alone, with a partner, bigger teams, smaller teams, as leader or follower, on different activities, or in a small group.

Maybe the more confident gymnasts could be jumping from higher apparatus or a devleoping group of netballers could be challenged by playing on a bigger court. Why not try a few of the STEP principles in your PE lessons this week and see what results?

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