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)