2nd Edition

An Introduction to Primary Physical Education

Edited By Gerald Griggs, Vicky Randall Copyright 2022
    334 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    334 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in a fully revised and fully updated new edition, this comprehensive introduction to the teaching of Physical Education in primary schools is still the only textbook to cover the full sweep of the subject, from policy and curriculum developments to best practice and current debates.

    Written exclusively by primary Physical Education specialists, with primary school teaching experience, the book highlights the importance of Physical Education in the primary curriculum and the key issues facing primary teachers today, such as inclusion, training needs and the development of creativity. Central to the book are core chapters that examine each functional area common to many primary Physical Education syllabi – including games, dance, gymnastics, athletics and outdoor learning – and give clear, practical guidance on how to teach each topic. This new edition includes three completely new chapters, covering leadership, stakeholder interest in Physical Education delivery, and how to manage transitions.

    Rooted throughout in sound theory and the latest evidence and research, this book is essential reading for all students, trainee teachers and qualified teachers looking to understand and develop their professional practice in primary Physical Education.

    1          (Re)surveying the Landscape of Primary Physical Education

                Gerald Griggs and Vicky Randall

    2          The Importance of Primary Physical Education

                Ian Pickup and Vicky Randall

    3          The Possibilities and Challenges within Primary Physical Education

                Maura Coulter and Deirdre Ní Chróinín

    4          Primary Physical Education: Creating ‘Boundary Crossing’ Futures

                Mike Jess, Paul McMillan and Nicola Carse

    5          Development of the Physical Education Curriculum in Primary Schools

                Gerald Griggs

    6          Games as Subject-Matter for Learning in Primary Physical Education

                Gavin Ward

    7          Educational Gymnastics: Embodiment of a Constraints Agility Approach

                Alison Morag Murray and Emerick Kaitell

    8          Dance as Holistic Physical Education

                Angela Pickard

    9          Rethinking Athletics in Primary Physical Education: Getting it Off the Track and ‘Back on Track’

                Gerald Griggs

    10        The Role of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in Primary Education

                Nalda Wainwright and Andy Williams

    11        Addressing Training and Development Needs in Primary Physical Education

                Jeanne Keay and Vicky Randall

    12        Towards a More Inclusive Provision

                Richard Medcalf and Carl Longmore

    13        Placing an Importance on Health and Physical Activity

                Kristy Howells

    14        Developing Creativity 

                Gerald Griggs

    15        Who Delivers Primary Physical Education? Stakeholders and Role Holders

                Richard Blair and Gemma Blair

    16        Subject Leadership

                Vicky Randall and Gerald Griggs

    17        Transitions in Physical Education

                Rebecca Duncombe


    Gerald Griggs is Dean of Etihad Campus at UCFB. Gerald has been passionate about primary Physical Education for over two decades, originally training as a primary teacher with a specialism in Physical Education, before teaching in primary schools across the UK. Since moving into Higher Education, he has published and presented widely on primary Physical Education and the sociology of sport, most notably for Routledge with such titles as An Introduction to Physical Education, Understanding Primary Physical Education and The Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education. Gerald is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood and co-founder of the Primary Physical Education Assembly.

    Vicky Randall is Senior Fellow and Physical Education coordinator for teacher education at the University of Winchester, UK. Vicky has worked in education for over 15 years where she was a Physical Education teacher and Regional Subject Adviser before moving into Higher Education. Her research interests include teacher professional knowledge, curriculum development, teacher development, policy and professional learning. Vicky has worked across a number of national and European professional networks to support initial teacher education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.