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Teaching Primary Physical Education

Teaching Primary Physical Education

Second Edition
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November 2017 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Physical education is an important part of the primary curriculum and one that provides unique challenges for those involved with its teaching. This book offers a balanced and comprehensive overview of the subject, covering issues such as safe practice in PE, inclusion, subject leadership and cross-curricular approaches supported by an accessible theory-informed approach.

This second edition includes:

·         Links to the new National Curriculum in England

·         Each chapter mapped against the Teachers’ Standards

·         A new chapter on physical literacy and development in the early years and primary ages

·         A new chapter on health-focused education and the contribution of PE

·         Added case studies in every chapter

·         Enhanced coverage of assessment in PE

 This book includes a companion website with additional resources!

Chapter 1: Why Physical Education?
Chapter 2: How Pupils Learn and Develop
Chapter 3: Planning the Learning Experience
Chapter 4: Developing Motor Competences
Chapter 5: Developing Knowledge, Skills and Understanding Across Areas of Activity
Chapter 6: Inclusion in Physical Education
Chapter 7: Approaches to the Teaching of Physical Education
Chapter 8: Safe Practice in Physical Education
Chapter 9: Health and Wellbeing
Chapter 10: Promoting Physical Education Across the Curriculum
Chapter 11: Physical Education and the Wider Community
Chapter 12: Subject Leadership in Physical Education

'With the addition of clear links to the Teachers’ Standards at the start of each chapter, this second edition of Teaching Primary PE will be a particularly useful resource for QTS students developing their portfolio of evidence. The updated text also includes increased focus on physical literacy adding further depth to discussions and providing some clarity for students of primary PE enabling them to make better sense of this concept and its relationship with fundamental motor skills, physical development and the EYFS framework.'


Dawn Daley-James
University of Bedfordshire

This is a comprehensive text which provides trainees teachers with an opportunity to consider their own early experiences in PE and shape the practice they develop in school. Each chapter carefully examines theoretical perspectives without over complicating key concepts and areas for trainee teachers to consider. I particularly like the way questions are scaffolded for the reader throughout the text encouraging the reader to critically reflect. This book is regularly referenced by my trainees and I would encourage other institutions to make this text available for specialist and non specialist trainee teachers. 



Sarah Williams
Sheffield Hallam University

Teaching Primary Physical Education (TPPE) by Julia Lawrence is essential reading for all adults who work with 4 - 11 year old children in the context of physical education.  The second edition of TPPE includes the development that all chapters are referenced to the teaching standards.  This addition will be very helpful for trainee teachers, teachers and teacher educators.  The second edition also includes a new chapter on Health and Well-Being. 

Richard Blair
Brunel University

Teaching Primary Physical Education provides a concise overview of the knowledge, skills and understanding required for the confident teaching of physical education in primary schools. The reassuring approach of the book works well to give teachers confidence in what they are teaching and there are plenty of ideas which can be put into practice in a range of situations, indoors or outside.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

This is a very clear and accessible text which supports both practitioners starting out in ITT or more experienced teachers to understand how to plan for and deliver high quality Physical Education lessons. As a previous subject lead I would say this is a valuable must read for all.

Mrs Juliet Paterson
Sport, Physical Education & Leisure, Plymouth Marjon University
May 12, 2023

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Chapter 1: Why Physical Education?

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