Increasing physical activity and improving physical education at St Joseph’s Primary

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Stewart, Katie
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ISCED Level 0 Early childhood education
ISCED Level 1 Primary education
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The aim was to improve fitness levels, increase motivation towards fitness, promote physical wellbeing, upskill staff members, reduce behaviour incidents, and ensure effective use of PE Premium funding.

The participants in this development work are pupils, teachers, teaching assistants, external coaches, and parents. Methods used include: external coaches teaching alongside class teachers, progression maps, PE planning, 5-a-day physical activity programme, Wake up Shake Up, YMCA extra-curricular sports club, zoned playground, new equipment, and skills audit of teachers.

Increased physical activity, new equipment and zoned activities have improved pupil motivation, enjoyment, behaviour and physical skills, as evidenced by log books, feedback and fitness testing.

The findings suggest that increased a programm of physical activity, improved teacher subject knowledge, and provision of new equipment leads to improved teaching and learning, motivation, enjoyment, and behaviour.
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PE , behaviour , wellbeing , physical activity , feedback , early childhood education , primary education
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