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Why is PE so important?

Why do children need a quality programme of Physical Education?

  • Children learn to understand the importance of exercising for a lifetime. 

  • Regular, physical activity is the best antidote to eliminate obesity and maintain an acceptable body weight.  It also provides a positive alternative to watching television or playing on tablets, computers or mobile phones. 
  • Children learn the fundamental motor skills that enable them to develop the competence that creates confidence and leads to safe and successful participation in a wide range of sports. 

  • Children are encouraged to improve their fitness levels during PE lessons, including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.
  • Youngsters can learn valuable lessons about accepting responsibility for their personal development leading to greater self-discipline.

  • PE promotes opportunities for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to different challenges both as individuals and in groups.

  • A 'good workout' helps ease stress, tension and anxiety and will result in better attention in class.
  • Many activities taught in PE require children to work in groups to solve problems or as a team.  These opportunities are excellent for developing both leadership and cooperation skills.

  • Sports activities are an excellent way to meet and make new friends.  Confidence in one’s physical abilities encourages youngsters, and later adults, to socialise more easily and 'fit into' a variety of situations.

  • Children learn to develop the notion of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and dealing with both success and defeat.   

  • Movement can be used to reinforce the understanding of many subjects taught in the classroom e.g. mathematics.  Movement is also associated with enhanced brain functioning.

  • PE is especially important to children who have yet to develop their verbal communication skills.  Thus, their confidence in physical abilities can lead to positive feelings of self-esteem.