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.