Introduction: The Really Useful Physical Education Book

Gordon Hayes, Gary Stidder, J. Hannay

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Really Useful Physical Education Book
EditorsGordon Hayes, Gary Stidder
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780415498272
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2010

Publication series

NameThe Really Useful Series

Bibliographical note

The Really Useful Physical Education Book is designed to provide practicing and trainee teachers in the primary school with the practical, engaging ideas you need to teach PE imaginatively. Underpinned by easy-to-understand theory and engaging with the recently revised National Curriculum for Physical Education (NCPE), the book offers;

practical suggestions for teachers to encourage children to exercise safely and enjoyably

activity-specific examples of the ways in which learning and teaching can be delivered through games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and athletics

a range of outdoor and adventure-based activities, including trust games, problem-solving activities and joint decision-making and team-building exercises, which are not reliant on specialised equipment or resources

methods of promoting the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle to schoolchildren and consideration of its effects on the wider spheres of education and society
The Really Useful Physical Education Book explores ideas for lesson planning alongside teaching examples and methodologies, to provide a broader balance of stimulating activities for young people, beyond traditional ‘games’.


  • physical education
  • teacher training
  • exercise
  • lifestyle
  • National Curriculum for Physical Education
  • primary education

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