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The Benefits of Physical Education in School

Published : 26 January 2017

The Benefits of Physical Education in School

In a fast-moving technological world, where it is so quick and easy to perform everyday tasks with such limited effort, it is sometimes refreshing to take a step back and take part in a sporting activity, where the outcome is derived entirely on the physical effort that you put in. 

As a PE teacher for the last 17 years, I have seen first-hand how important it is for young children to explore life’s lessons through the medium of sport. It is not only the physical benefits, but also the sense of achievement and well-being that is achieved through a shared goal that is so important for young children in today’s world. Sport offers young pupils the opportunity to grow and develop, and as adults, we all know how much better we feel after some exercise or time spent outdoors. School sport plays an important role in providing this opportunity and this is where St Ives School really prides itself, offering pupils a wide range of sporting opportunities in which to flourish.

Children of primary age require an outlet in which to expend their energy, and whether it is through sport or an activity outside, this enables them to apply themselves in a more focussed way when they return to the classroom. PE offers pupils a means through which they can do this is in a constructive yet fun way. With access to sports facilities both on and off site, St Ives pupils enjoy participating in a variety of sports including netball, hockey, pop lacrosse, gymnastics, dance and tennis – to mention a few.  

The physical education curriculum not only teaches pupils about certain sports, but it allows pupils to participate in activities from which they can draw lifelong lessons. Whether this is working as part of a team for an inter-school match or learning how to work with others in their class, school sport can help pupils develop these important social skills. It also enables more confident children the chance to lead and inspire younger pupils, such as captaining their school team. Pupils at St Ives are given many opportunities to lead through sport, helping to organise their house teams for inter-house tournaments and matches.

Inter-school matches teach children important life lessons about winning and losing and how they respond to these situations.  Here at St Ives School we take part in a large number of matches with teams playing once a week.  The after-match tea with the opposing school can be just as important as the match itself, as it gives pupils the chance to socialise with children from other schools. Parents are also encouraged to get involved in after school matches, providing the opportunity to build relationships with staff and other parents. This key social network for many plays an important part of school life.

School sport offers physical, social and emotional benefits and is highly valued at St Ives. Sport has the chance to shape who we are as a person through experiences on and off the sports field and to build memories that last a lifetime.

- Sonia Cartwright

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