​What is physical education and how can it help my child?

Physical education, physical activity and sport (sometimes abbreviated to PEPAS) can all be used to help in your child’s development, to provide opportunities to move, to play, to learn and to develop physical skills.

  • Physical education (PE) is a programme of activities that aims to provide children and young people with learning experiences that enable them to develop the knowledge, motivation and ability to lead a physically active life.
  • Physical activity is a term that describes any movement that the body makes that requires energy.
  • Sport is an organised activity where individuals or teams compete against each other for entertainment.

First/Second level (Primary)

  • Take your child to the swimming pool and encourage them to experiment with different types of movement, like running in the water, or jumping, or stretching out and floating on the surface.
  • Take your child out on their bike – on the way to the park talk to them about road safety, and in the park talk to them about avoiding other park users when cycling.
  • In the garden, teach your child how to skip with a single rope, and then how to skip with a rope held by other members of the family.
  • Encourage your child to learn to juggle with small, soft balls; first with one ball, then with two.
  • In the garden have an ‘Olympic/Commonwealth games’ competition with your child, featuring different events like long-jump, high jump, sprinting, the marathon race – things you can do in the garden.
  • Playing in the house, teach your child to ‘hula-hoop’ and count the number of rotations that can be accomplished.
  • When playing in the park, on the swings, teach your child how to make the swing go higher by changing their balance from forward to back.