The importance of PE
Why is PE important?
- Children learn to understand the importance of exercising for a lifetime.
- Regular, physical activity is the best antidote to eliminate obesity and maintain an acceptable body weight. It also provides a positive alternative to watching television or playing on tablets, computers or mobile phones.
The rising trend in obesity is one of the biggest threats to the health of the population of Middlesbrough. The prevalence of obesity in Middlesbrough is significantly higher than the national average for both adults and children. The trend of weight problems in children and young people is of particular concern because of evidence suggesting a ‘conveyor belt’ effect in which excess weight in childhood continues into adulthood (Department of Health, 2008). In addition to the increased health risks in later life, children and young people face immediate health and psychological consequences of obesity including increased risks for elevated blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Source: Tees Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
- Children learn the fundamental motor skills that enable them to develop the competence that creates confidence and leads to safe and successful participation in a wide range of sports.
- Children are encouraged to improve their fitness levels during PE lessons, including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.
- Youngsters can learn valuable lessons about accepting responsibility for their personal development leading to greater self-discipline.
- PE promotes opportunities for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to different challenges both as individuals and in groups.
- A ‘good workout’ helps ease stress, tension and anxiety and will result in better attention in class.
- Many activities taught in PE require children to work in groups to solve problems or as a team. These opportunities are excellent for developing both leadership and cooperation skills.
- Sports activities are an excellent way to meet and make new friends.
- Children learn to develop the notion of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and dealing with both success and defeat.