Physical Education


Through a broad and balanced Physical Education programme, children should develop their knowledge, understanding and skills, enabling them to participate and perform competently and confidently in a range of physical activities. All children should experience a sense of fun, enjoyment and achievement through a variety of progressively challenging activities.

Through regular and frequent participation in Physical Education children can develop:

  • fundamental movement skills that will improve body management, co-ordination, locomotion and manipulation (gross and fine motor skills);
  • knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of physical activities and challenges;
  • self-confidence and self-esteem as individuals and as a member of a team or group;
  • positive attitudes and values towards physical activity;
  • personal qualities such as taking responsibility, fairness, working with others and leadership;
  • creative and critical thinking skills through a range of movement contexts;
  • an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and good health;
  • an awareness of safety in relation to space, equipment and others;
  • the ability to make informed choices and decisions;
  • an awareness and understanding of the immense value of the importance of being healthy in future life and employment contexts.

(Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum)