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Physical Education – a must for Schools’ curriculum

As an advocate of the teaching of Physical Education in schools for children up to 17, I am also interested in having music be placed on that list too. There is no doubt that Jamaica’s competitive edge are in those two areas from all evidence, but I would suggest we protect the base of this body of work for sustainability and continuity. 

I am well aware that Physical Education means different things to different people but for children, parents, teachers, principals all have different perspectives and the variety of sportsmen and sportswomen have their own reasons for participating in physical activities. Expect different outcomes though as you set your goals to achieve the best results. 

Here are some obvious examples of learning that can take place during physical activities are: 

  • Fun and enjoyment 
  • Satisfaction of psychological needs
  • Satisfaction of social needs
  • Development of appreciation of fair play and general play 
  • Good sportsmanship 
  • Development of value system 
  • Improvement in human relations
  • Safety 

Taken from: Physical Education for Primary Schools by Edith Allen; Vilma Charlton; Joyce Taylor – 2009 (Chalkboard Press) 

The teaching of Physical Education in schools is part of a bigger development plan aimed at looking at and combining characteristics of children that move from adapting to specific environments to application of the skills set learnt for a more advanced situation. We tend to underestimate the power of what PE can offer, but this note is aimed at bringing about a greater awareness to all concerned. 

So much of what PE is – is really an educational course related to the physique of the human body when one learns and participates in primary and secondary schools, encouraging psychomotor learning in a play or movement exploration aimed at achieving good health – Wikipedia


Here are some strategic ways I am recommending that we can reach out to the wider community 

  • Eight out every ten primary school children should be physically activities, including those with disabilities 
  • Eight out every ten primary school children should be involved in at least two hours of physical education classes a week
  • Eight out every ten children from 11 – 17 years of age should be involved, not just in PE, but also in an extra curricular activity 

Taken from: Keeping Jamaica’s Sport on Track, Carole Beckford, 2007 – Pear Tree Press

The research information we need to gather should include use of minor games to make play comfortable but also enjoyable. Minor games will achieve that…however we ought to be able to speak to specific age groups. Who is the average five year old? etc….as the PE programme advances we can focus on strength, endurance, flexibility while as an elite athlete there is need for power, agility and speed. 

I think Jamaica is onto something big if we can focus our attention to these few details…





A sport aficionado who writes, researches and presents on everything sport. A second book is out to prove her work's reach. She reads in her spare time.

One thought on “Physical Education – a must for Schools’ curriculum

  1. I am in total agreement with you. We need to invest in the technical/vocational areas. That is now the new area of focus in education worldwide.

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