The Primary School Teachers’ Guide to Teaching Dance
For primary school teachers without a dance background, navigating the world of dance instruction may seem daunting. Fear not! In this blog post, we’ll help you deliver dance lessons with confidence and fun - and get results.
How To Prepare For Sports Day
Sports Day is a big event in the school calendar. In fact – in terms of PE, it’s THE event of the year for your primary school! Such a big event requires plenty of preparation – but how to prepare for Sports Day? To mark the launch of our Sports Day CPD training and resources […]
Making PE Fun and Accessible for All: Ensuring Enjoyment for All
PE has the potential to be so much - it can be a transformative experience that promotes physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In today's fast-paced world, where mental health issues among children are on the rise, it is crucial that we make PE fun and accessible for all.
Put on our Dancing Shoes – It’s our Brand New Videos & Dance Lesson Plans!
PE Planning and our very own PE Pack have been very busy during the Autumn term. Our dance specialist, along with children from a local primary school have learnt, developed and performed the PE Planning Dances to complement our lesson plans.
Christmas PE Activities for Primary Schools
We’re now in the final school week before Christmas, and we all know what that means. Lots of fun and games so children can let off some steam and wind down to the Christmas break! At PE Planning, we’ve not actually slowed down at all – in fact, we’re busier than ever updating our Dance […]
7 Fun Winter PE Activities
It’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s tempting to stay indoors and cozy up. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your PE lessons. In fact, there are many ways to make your PE lessons more fun and exciting in the winter season.
Primary School Children Do Not Do Enough PE, say Teachers
PE Planning lesson plans are not only made for primary school teachers – they are also influenced by them. We spend a huge amount of time getting feedback from teachers, and understanding what it is that helps making planning and delivering PE lessons easier. So it’s extra insightful to ask teachers to take part in […]
The Physical Literacy Consensus Statement for England
"Physical Literacy is our relationship with movement and physical activity throughout life."
PE Lesson Plans to Celebrate the World Gymnastics Championships
Teaching children about the World Gymnastics Championships will only bolster the benefits the subject brings. Here’s why we believe you should cover this important sporting event..
Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle: National Fitness Day Activities for Primary School
Join us in celebrating National Fitness Day and inspire your pupils towards a healthier lifestyle. Incorporate fun and engaging fitness activities into your primary school PE classes. Together, we can promote a lifelong commitment to fitness and well-being for our children.
Invictus Games: PE Resources
The Invictus Games is not just about competition, but a celebration of courage and resilience. Born out of the visionary spirit of Prince Harry, this international sporting event brings together wounded, injured or sick military service personnel and veterans from over 20 nations. The name ‘Invictus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘unconquered,’ a fitting […]
Rugby World Cup and the Value of Tag Rugby Lessons
In this blog post, we’ll cover the importance of introducing rugby at a young age, and how using the Rugby World Cup as a theme can make tag rugby lessons even more exciting!
First Week of School PE Lesson Plans
Starting off on the right foot means establishing with children what your PE lessons are all about. Getting this right at the beginning means less chance of behavioural issues and disengagement further down the line. So, for your first week of PE lesson plans, we recommend the following steps.
5 Gymnastics Safety Tips for Primary Schools
Gymnastics is an incredibly rewarding topic. It provides plenty of unique benefits for children –but as with other sports, it’s not without its risks! We know from experience that teachers can be hesitant when it comes to delivering Gymnastics lessons because they feel less confident and worry about the safety of their pupils. This doesn’t […]
Gymnastics in primary schools: What should be covered and why
Gymnastics is an essential part of Primary School PE. It is fun, and offers lots of opportunity for social interaction. Importantly, it promotes physical development, cognitive skills, confidence, discipline and resilience. This week, we are excited to launch our brand-new gymnastics plans. Two units of work per year group, compromising easy to follow National Curriculum […]
Our new gymnastics lesson plans and why they’re a vital part of PE
For the past few months, we’ve been very busy behind the scenes at PE Planning. It takes time to create structured, detailed, national curriculum-mapped PE lesson plans, and we’ve spent the spring creating brand new gymnastics lessons plans that will soon be available to download in our lesson plans section. Our brand new gymnastics lesson […]
Preview of our video guides to PE activities and lesson plans
We endeavour to make our PE lesson plans as easy to follow as possible. However, this year we’re going to take them one step further. From this year, lesson plans will include videos to help you follow our PE activities more easily. The idea behind the new videos is to help you visualise the activity, […]
Mental Health Awareness Week
We care deeply about both the physical and mental wellbeing of children, and to help teachers to address and review the mental health of their pupils, we have created a range of fun, active primary school mental health resources. And for next week’s Mental Health Week, these resources are available to all teachers, free of charge.
Citizenship in PE
With all that is going in the world right now, never has there been a more important time to incorporate Citizenship into the school curriculum. And Physical Education is no exception, in fact, Primary School PE can be a perfect platform for introducing the concept of social responsibility into our children.
Summer Term PE Lessons
The summer term is finally here, and it’s the best time of year for PE. Children are more active and engaged at this time of year, and we have some tips and advice for planning your outdoor PE. See what sports we recommend, and get access to hundred’s of free PE lessons and resources.
Free World Book Day Activities
Next Thursday (2nd March) is World Book Day, an annual event to celebrate the joy of reading. This day is an opportunity for children to discover new books, learn about their favourite authors, and participate in a range of activities that promote reading and literacy. And we have some free fun PE activities to help celebrate the day.
SEN PE lesson plans: How to adapt PE Planning’s products and resources
In order to develop our lesson plans and keep our PE resources current, up to date and worthwhile, we work closely with a range of teaching professionals. We embrace their advice and guidance with the end user, the children, in the forefront of our minds. Our long term ambition is to provide all teachers with […]
Children’s Mental Health Week
This week (6th to 12th February 2023) is Children’s Mental Health Week, and the theme is ‘Let’s Connect’. We want to help by offering free access to our Mental Health Resources to all schools throughout the week.
Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship
Good sportsmanship is a significant life skill that should begin to be instilled during the Primary School years. The importance of a child demonstrating the understanding of fair play, integrity and respect for others goes far beyond sport and is vital for developing the whole child.
A Guide to Using Our Free PE Lesson Plans
We have created a free membership where teachers can access free PE lesson plans to ensure this is the right resource for them.
Preparing for primary school PE in 2023
Let us make your teaching life that little bit easier in 2023 not only by providing high quality PE lesson plans, but also helping with Curriculum Mapping, assessment, and other PE resources.
Merry Christmas from PE Planning!
No doubt you will, like most schools, have finished for Christmas last week. But we just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has used our PE lesson plans this year… And Merry Christmas from PE Planning! 2022 has been a much-welcomed return to normality for the UK, and for the world. […]
Fun Christmas Themed PE Lesson Plans
Christmas is a hectic time in schools. PE often suffers because of the festivities… but it doesn’t have to…
Our Favourite KS1 PE Lesson Plans
Our KS1 PE Lesson Plans have increased focus on fundamental movement skills, more opportunity to progress, and, of course, fun PE activities!
Football World Cup Activities for Schools
Here at PE Planning, we love every sport, and are excited about cheering on the Welsh and English teams. But for those who are a little more ‘football-fobe’ , here’s some information that will help you to share the excitement with your primary school pupils...
7 Ball Games for the Classroom
“Surely Ball Games are for outdoor PE only?”. Actually, we don’t think so! And with the wintery weather affecting outdoor PE, and Christmas rehearsals taking over the school hall, now is the time to think outside of the box!!
Can School PE Wait?
We are teachers, we understand how much there is to do in such a short time. But please please please take a minute to consider our case for regular School PE and Physical Activity…
7 PE Activities That Are Easy at Home
Whether you are a Class Teacher, a Sports Coach or a parent, what better way to champion lifelong physical confidence and competence than encouraging your children to participate in sport and physical activity at school and at home.
Incorporating Halloween into KS2 PE Lesson Plans
With some creative thinking, lesson planning can be adapted to maximise festivities without missing out on vital primary curriculum work. Here’s a few suggestions of how you can adapt our KS2 PE Lesson Plans to incorporate Halloween…
PE Activities to Overcome The Challenges of Autumn 2
The first half term is over. The summer is a distant memory, and Autumn one has taken its toll on you. With the leaves on the trees changing colour, the mornings becoming crisper and the dark nights creeping up on us, what are the challenges of Autumn Two?
How to plan Year 1 PE lessons with no equipment
Ofsted publications have suggested that children best develop their fundamental movement skills between 3 and 8 years old. So, Year 1 PE lessons play a crucial role in a child’s physical development journey. Fundamental movement skills (including running, jumping, balancing, throwing and catching) should be the focus of Year 1 PE. They form the basis for both […]
The London Marathon in School
The London Marathon - what a brilliant sporting event to encourage your pupils into physical activity. It’s a huge event, steeped in history with so many inspiring stories.
What’s New for You at PE Planning?
In preparation for the new school year that’s now started, at PE Planning we’ve been busy! Here’s a quick update of what’s new on the PE Planning website… Knowledge checks In reflection of the Ofsted PE review earlier this year, we have added some important guidance in every single lesson plan! Few… it was a […]
Interpreting the latest PE Curriculum Review
To reflect the outcomes and guidance of Ofsted’s recent curriculum review, we have reviewed and updated all of our curriculum resources. This includes our Intent, Implementation, and Impact documents as well as our actual lesson plans.
Ofsted Research Review of the PE Curriculum
In March, Ofsted published their research review of the PE Curriculum. If you are currently evaluating your PE Curriculum, we strongly recommend reading this message… Some people have been asking us about the “new curriculum”. It’s important to note that their publication is a ‘research review’ rather than a new curriculum. Research Review Undoubtedly, we […]
We might not be having the sunniest summer term, but it’s June everybody, and that means it’s time to get planning for Sports Day!
Summer is Here – and it’s the best time of year for PE!
There’s no better feeling than being outdoors, and as the weather becomes warmer and more consistent, it means a lot more outdoor PE and activities outside.
Mental Health Awareness Week
The 9th May 2022 is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s time to address the Mental Health of our children
The Six Nations Championship
The final round for the 2022 Six Nations Championships is coming up this weekend, with France and Ireland currently sitting at the top of the table. France is undefeated, including beating Ireland in the second round. But with Ireland’s high scoring results in their other games, this weekend will decide who takes the Championship. France […]
School Events Calendar
There is always an event or activity in the school calendar and topics often vary from local events to national and even international holidays.
Post Lockdown Physical Activity in Children
We want to talk about a topic we are very passionate about… Physical activity levels in children and the effects of lockdown catch up...
PE and Sport premium grant carried forward
The money available to your school, and how it can be used
Physical Literacy in Primary School
Examining the theory and exploring an approach to incorporate Physical Literacy into the curriculum.
Here’s why we think Outdoor Learning is so worthwhile…
Celebrating Athletes During Black History Month
This week we want to highlight the amazing achievements of some of the many black British athletes who are exceptional sports people and hope you can share their stories with your pupils.
The need for Active Classrooms
1 in 5 primary school children are now living with obesity. Prevention is better than a cure, and we are best placed to make a difference…
EYFS Statutory Framework 2021
What the framework changes mean to Primary School PE...
PE Curriculum Mapping & Planning
A clear plan for PE that works for your children, your facilities, your whole school...
Home Learning Expectations: PE at home
DfE expectations for schools to provide home-learning resources
Windy, rainy, no hall…? Try classroom PE games
Whoever designed primary schools, didn’t have PE and the British weather at the forefront of their minds. And now with extended lunchtimes for Social Distancing, does this mean no PE in the winter months?
No PE Kit… again! Considerations for setting a policy
“it’s my Mum’s fault, she didn’t pack it”… Sound familiar? Some children will persistently “forget” their PE kit. But is there more to this than meets the eye? And should these children be left out of PE lessons?
Differentiation in PE: the most affective piece of equipment
Some of us have been around long enough to know that differentiation and consideration of every child has improved significantly in recent years.
Teaching Dance – It’s Not That Daunting
You might not ‘think’ you are a Choreographer, but once you know a few key rules, your pupils will be amazed…