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Category: Pedagogy

Children in Gym Lesson


What makes a good teacher great?

Recently my friend ‘had Ofsted’, and the usual stress ensued at her school.  My friend is a good teacher, in fact, a great teacher, and her school know it.  Listening to her talk about the stresses and strains of the event I was left to question what makes a great teacher. I regularly speak with […]

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Physical Literacy in school

Physical Literacy is now common talk amongst teachers, both primary and secondary.  However, there are some mixed messages about what ‘physical literacy’ is and what it means in a school context. The IPLA defines physical literacy as, “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities […]

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Sport of the Month: Gymnastics

This month’s featured sport is gymnastics! I was never very good at gymnastics at school and during teacher training I dreaded when the time would come that I would have to teach it.  However, one week and an excellent gymnastics training course later, I love to teach gym to children of all ages. My lecturer […]

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Boy Orienteering (1)


Engaging boys in PE

It might seem unusual to be writing about ‘engaging boys in PE’ when the focus tends to be on keeping girls involved.  But it has long been established that girls and boys learn differently (M. Gurian, 2002) and this applies to PE lessons as well. It can be extremely useful to have a few simple […]

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The 5 principles of game play in primary school PE

There are 5 key principles of play when it comes to attacking and defending in games.  Some games such as football take this further with 5 principle each of both attacking and defending. By familiarising ourselves with the 5 basic principles we can teach with a deeper understanding and support pupils to develop strategies and […]

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Change your PE Lessons in 4 Steps

The STEP framework in PE was developed to support teaching and learning through 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, CPD courses and with pupils themselves on

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Children playing in a PE lesson


Keeping Play In PE

“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson How we teach PE and School Sport This quote got me to thinking about how we teach PE and school […]

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