This essay is about analysing the Rationale for P.E in the curriculum and discussion the subject’s approach to the National Curriculum. Within this essay, you would notice discussions being made for the reasons why Physical Education is to be considered as a core subject from key stages 1-4 (ages 5-16) and how it could be integrated to other academic subjects.
Looking through research, the term Physical Education could be defined as “a component of education that an individual has the opportunity to learn and develop their understanding of academic applications of a healthy lifestyle” (Ahmed, A, 2005:5). From this quotation that Ahmed has mentioned, it provides information that teaching Physical education to the student within key stage 1 -4 would develop a child understanding of health and it also takes into consideration the “Every Childs Matter (ECM)” programme.
According to Talbot “Physical Education helps children to develop respect for their own body and others” (Talbot, 2006:397). By Talbot stating this, it tells us that Physical Education and an involvement with health and safety in term of respecting others around and looking after their own body as well. This would be a benefit to the curriculum to teach mainly within the stages of key stage 1-2. This is because within the ages of 5-11 children tend to be very physically active, which could be dangerous for other children. By the National Curriculum embedding Physical Education as a core subjects within those key stages, would make the children develop better understanding of health and safety. This is proven be an Ofsted report, as it states “a strength within both Key stage 1&2 was that the understanding of health and fitness substantial” (Ofsted, 2009:8). For example, doing a practical session, the teacher could assign the children to find space without running into each other. By the teacher doing this, the children would use their mental skills to observe space where they would avoid colliding with another child, which could possible cause an injury.
Whereas, this could lead to the younger generation to gain weight due to the lack of exercises and understanding of health, which means that they have a fairly high chance to be considered as obese if not taught with Key stage 1-2.
As the students move from key stage 2 to 3&4, more subject are added to the national curriculum, which should be taught as a core subject in school such as citizenship and ICT. By putting Physical Education in the national curriculum within the key stages, would be very useful as it could help with developing learning in other subjects. The reason for this because playing sports is already seen as an activity which is likely to increase the motivations levels of individual. Therefore, by integrating a subject such as Physical Education to science, the children would be able to gain more knowledge from learning in practical activities within this subject. For example, the children would be able to...