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Undergraduate Course: Physical Education in the Primary School (EDUA10089)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis elective course aims to help students develop a more detailed and critical understanding of the complex nature of physical education in the primary school. The course will focus on students¿ understanding of key developmental principles underpinning contemporary approaches to physical education curriculum and pedagogy and how these link to Curriculum for Excellence (Scottish Executive, 2004). In addition, the course will focus on developing students¿ ability to plan, deliver and assess developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all primary age children in physical education. Students will be asked to critically reflect on the contribution physical education can make across the primary school and their personal role as an early career teacher.
Course description The major focus of this course will be developing the capacity of students to support children¿s learning in physical education across the preschool and primary school context. The course will develop students understanding of the key role that the pre and primary contexts plays in laying the foundation for children's engagement with lifelong and lifewide physical activity as well as exploring how preschool & primary school physical education contributes to children¿s broader learning in education
Considerations will be given to theoretical issues influencing contemporary global and national developments, contemporary curriculum and pedagogy approaches, curriculum design principles and Interdisciplinary and cross sector considerations in primary physical education
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the key developmental principles influencing the physical education curriculum in the primary school.
  2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of contemporary developments within primary physical education
  3. Employ a range of developmentally appropriate practices in the planning, delivery and assessment of physical education learning experiences in the primary school.
  4. Enhance their capacity to critically reflect on the contribution of physical education in the primary school
  5. Communicate effectively with peers and professional colleagues within the primary school context.
Reading List
Armour, K (2010) Sport Pedagogy An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching: Becoming an Effective Primary School Physical Education Teacher, London, Routledge

Bailey, R. P., Armour, K., Kirk, D., Jess, M., Pickup, I. & Sandford, R., (2009) The Educational Benefits Claimed for Physical Education and School Sport: an Academic Review. Research Papers in Education, 24/1, 1-27.

Griggs, G., (2012) An introduction to primary physical education: London,: Routledge

Haywood, K. & Getchell, N., (2009) Life Span Motor development, (5th Edition), Human

Jess, M., Keay, J., & Carse, N., (2014): Primary physical education: a complex learning journey for children and teachers, Sport, Education and Society,

Jess, M., & McIntyre, J., (2009), Developmentally Appropriate Physical Education in the Early Years, Nursery World,

Kirk D (2005) Physical education, youth sport and lifelong participation: The importance of early
learning experiences. European Physical Education Review 11/3: 239¿255.

HMIe (2001), Improving Physical Education in Primary Schools, Edinburgh, HMSO

Ovens, A., Hopper, T., & Butler, J., (2012), Complexity Thinking in Physical Education: Reframing Curriculum, Pedagogy and Research, London, Routledge

Pickup, I & Price,L, (2008) Teaching Physical Education in the Primary School: A Developmental Approach, London, Continuum

Metzler, M. (2011) Instructional Models for Physical Education, Holcomb Hathaway
Scottish Government, (2009), Curriculum for Excellence: experiences and outcomes, online at (accessed 2 June 2011).

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry: search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature and information in order to develop their knowledge and understanding relating to physical education

2. Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: be open to new perspectives, methods and creative ideas in understanding physical education

3. Skills and abilities in Communication: be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and own experience to support assertions, and clear articulation of points.

4. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness: be able to effectively work collaboratively with others, recognising the diversity of contributions individuals can make

5. Technical/practical skills: read purposefully and record what is relevant from a range of academic and professional literature and resource material
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will delivered through a weekly mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions.
KeywordsPhysical Education; Preschool; Primary School; Developmentally Appropriate
Course organiserMr Mike Jess
Tel: (0131) 312 6001x278
Course secretaryMs Victoria Lindström
Tel: (0131 6)51 6012
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