An interesting balance of theory and practical work involving biology, psychology and social issues as well.
(Sophie French ~ A level student and skier for Great Britain)
Physical education helps pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and for the rest of their life. They learn ‘in, through, and about’ movement; gaining an understanding that movement is integral to human expression.
Pupils enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. They acquire the skills to make informed choices about their own physical development, whilst getting involved in physical activities that meet their needs. They also learn how to analyse and evaluate performance, making effective plans for improvement.
Pupils challenge themselves to develop their physical and interpersonal skills and can contribute to the development of physical education programmes, choosing their own level of participation. The resulting learning environment challenges their thinking and helps to promote an interest in lifelong leisure and recreational pursuits.
The skills taught in physical education improve students’ performance, sharpen their knowledge of strategy and tactics and enables the development of leadership and teamwork skills, encouraging pupils to transfer knowledge to other learning areas. Learning to think critically encourages students to participate in social action for a fairer, more equitable, and just society by, for example, reducing barriers to participation.
Physical education provides a solid foundation for further studies relating to movement and the body including the social and health sciences, recreation, and tourism. It provides a pathway into the many careers that involve working with people, such as education, health, justice, and the social services.