We Wear Shorts

A blog by a PE teacher, for PE teachers.



Handball in PE – on the rise, or just another “alternative curriculum activity”?

I was fortunate enough to watch some Olympic men’s handball at London 2012, and it was enthralling – fast-paced, tactical, aggressive, and goals galore. Coincidentally, 2012 was when I started my teaching career, and I took my experience of handball into my first school and introduced it into the KS4 curriculum for both boys and girls.

3 years passed with year 10 and 11 students participating in handball. As a department, we thought it gave students a fresh outlook on team ball games, and relied on very basic skills that made it accessible and enjoying for less able students. A great success, right?

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Will “Pokemon Go” contribute to an increase in physical activity amongst young people?

Whether you are a gamer or not, you would have had to have been living under a rock to miss the phenomenon that has swept the world upon its release this week – Pokemon Go. In essence it is simply a video game, but the significant difference with this game to any others is it requires players to physical explore the world around them, walking, running and cycling to discover Pokemon in the surrounding area. Niantic, the game designers, are reportedly making $1.6 million a day, and the game is rapidly soaring to the top of the app with the most active daily users worldwide. This for a game that was only released last week in the US, and on Thursday in the UK. But my key interest in the phenomenon is this – should members of the PE and health community embrace a video game if it is getting young people more active?

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Rounders – is it time to end our love affair?

Visit any primary or secondary school in England on a warm summer’s day and you will likely see a game of rounders on the playing fields. I have yet to experience a school where rounders is not part of the summer curriculum, and in fact it is quite often part of the very fabric that people associate with summer term as a whole. But here is the question I have been posing of late – why? What is it with this sport that makes it such a staple part of what we do as PE teachers? Continue reading “Rounders – is it time to end our love affair?”

Joining in – is it ever OK?

Let me start by being completely transparent – I am aware AfPE guidelines dictate that joining in with students in PE lessons is a no no, largely due to safety and liability reasons. However, my aim in writing this post is to suggest the situation should not be so black and white, and in fact there are several scenarios within PE that I believe it is something that can benefit the students we teach.

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