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KS4 PE lesson – Teach the components of fitness through practical participation

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Years 10-11



“Sir, I knew the last question – I remember doing that on the field!” This was the first thing a group of my ‘disengaged’ boys said to me after their GCSE PE exam.

These learners made me change the way I approached my lessons to ensure students had a good understanding of the content. This lesson – or series of lessons – will look at how a ‘theory’ element of PE qualifications can in fact be taught practically.

It’s easy to say, oh, but I teach in a classroom; PE can be taught practically.

The students you teach need to ‘do’ to ‘understand’, regardless of the subject. I have taught KS4 mathematics before – and the questions they scored the highest on were from the topics I taught outside; on their feet and doing.

Why teach this?

It’s time to get practical – reach out to those kinaesthetic learners, engage your audience to understand, not just listen… and forget.

Key curriculum links

  • To identify and explain the components of fitness will support students undertaking GCSE Physical Education qualifications (or equivalent).
  • The content is also highly recommended to be delivered within core PE lessons to enable students to develop a better understanding of health and fitness.

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KS4 PE lesson – Teach the components of fitness through practical participation

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