Learning to Teach Primary PE

Series Achieving QTS: meeting the professional standards framework
Author(s) Ian Pickup, Lawry Price, Julie Shaughnessy, et al
Publisher Learning Matters
Published 2008
Pages 119
Price £15.00
ISBN 9781844451425
Reviewed by Mr Andrew Carry
St Peter's RC School
Review published 2 February 2009

After reading the introductory section by the authors, it was evident that the purpose of this book is to inform the reader of the current rationale behind PE (Physical Education), how to deliver it effectively but also its importance within the primary curriculum in light of the array of other national initiatives.

The audience is not simply the trainee teacher but for any existing primary practitioner who wants to improve and develop their current practice.

The chapter synopsis succinctly displayed at the beginning of each section, has pertinent links to the appropriate Professional Standards for QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Throughout each chapter there are a series of reflective tasks which could be utilised within whole-school INSET (In-Service Education & Training) in developing a particular aspect of PE and School Sport. This also includes practical tasks linked to case study examples. Furthermore, there are practical examples for the reader on how certain approaches can be implemented.

The end of chapter summaries provide a reflective approach to the learning that has taken place, including a useful synopsis of key events.

This book also illustrates the importance of integrating PE across the curriculum and how the different areas of activity can contribute to this. The authors advocate the concept of a developmental approach to the learning of PE focusing on each individual child’s needs.

Generally, the book cross-references appropriately, and reinforces key points that are deemed important, including practical ideas to assist with general teaching strategies.

The book also addresses recent national developments in PE and School Sport, namely, the PESSCL strategy (PE School Sport & Club Links). This will have relevance to Primary Link Teachers and School Sport Co-ordinators across the education sector.

Overall, the book provides a wealth of information from the importance of PE in primary schools to the legal responsibilities in terms of safe practice. Working across many different areas of the PE sector, I feel that this book would be a valuable addition to any primary teacher’s resource collection.