Physical Education 5-11 : A guide for teachers book cover
2nd Edition

Physical Education 5-11
A guide for teachers

ISBN 9780415635325
Published December 6, 2013 by Routledge
224 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Physical Education 5-11 is about lighting or relighting a fire in all those who have the privilege and the responsibility of teaching children physical education in Primary schools today. It is written at a time of great change: a revised Primary curriculum; an increased drive to raise achievement and potentially a narrowing of curricular scope in favour of literacy and numeracy.

It is little wonder that teachers are looking for certainty and answers to questions such as:-

  • What do I teach in PE?
  • What do I need to know about children’s development?
  • What does good teaching look like in PE?
  • How can I assess such a practical subject effectively?


This new and updated edition provides answers to those questions, covers issues in Physical Education and provides a wealth of practical advice on teaching across the stages of the new 2014 curriculum.

Drawing upon the author’s experiences as a teacher, coach, lecturer and adviser, it delivers a justification for PE as an essential element in the Primary curriculum, imbues a theory into practice approach that provides readers with clarity, instils confidence and offers a licence to teach all practical aspects of PE effectively and creatively underpinned by knowledge of children’s development, their learning and the critical professional issues in PE today.

This book is the essential companion to inform and inspire students and practising teachers in this most dynamic and exciting of subjects!

Table of Contents

1. How to develop the habits of outstanding teaching  2. Lesson planning  3. Starters  4. Success criteria  5. Practice makes progress  6. Differentiation  7. Questioning  8. Modelling  9. Moving away from modelling  10. Literacy for Learning  11. Classroom management  12. Marking for progress  13. How to get students to remember what you teach them  14. How to create a culture of creativity and curiosity  15. Homework  16. Plenaries  17. Time management

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Jonathan Doherty is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University, UK. 

Peter Brennan is Lead Primary Physical Education Specialist at the Comberton Academy Trust and is former Director of Specialism at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon, UK.