Physical Education builds our students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. 
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Physical education develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. As such, the need and importance of physical education in school curriculum cannot be stressed enough.


What is physical education

Physical education is aimed at developing a range of students’ physical competencies, enabling them to perform and enjoy various physical activities with confidence. In addition to developing students’ motor skills, Physical Education comes with a range of benefits, including mental, social, emotional, and cognitive development.


The importance of physical education in schools

A high-quality physical education curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies, and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation, and make their own decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve upon them. . As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles for the body and the mind.  


Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps students make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.  


Physical education in school curriculum helps students develop lasting personal and social skills. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating.  


Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative, and challenging situations.  


Benefits of physical education in schools

Physical education in schools comes with a range of benefits, including helping students develop a wide range of faculties. Here are some of the many benefits physical education provides students.


Physical benefits of physical education 

One of the principle benefits of physical education includes the development of motor skills. Regular physical activity allows students to hone their motor skills, so that they can better control their body movement and enhance their reflexes. 

Additionally, physical education provides students with the opportunity to better understand the limits of their physical potential in a secure setting, and it provides a foundation on which an active and healthy lifestyle can be built.


Emotional benefits of physical education 

Being able to control one’s emotions is an integral aspect of growing into a mature adult. Physical education provides students with the opportunity to participate in various sports and games, where they learn about teamwork, anger management, competition, self-control, and personal growth.


Mental benefits of physical education 

The negative effects of poor mental health are far reaching, especially for developing minds, and they can affect students’ school work, social lives, and cognitive performance. Physical activity is shown to reduce stress hormones, helping students maintain their mental health. Additionally, exercise releases endorphins in the body, which can help to boost students’ moods.


Social benefits of physical education 

Social development is a key objective for students of all ages. When students develop socially, they are better equipped to work with others to achieve common goals. Physical education offers many team-based sports and activities, which provide students with the opportunity to work together, helping to build valuable life skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and empathy.


Academic benefits of physical education 

Regular physical activity is shown to improve cognitive performance among students. This is because physical activity is proven to enhance cognitive functions related to memory and attention. Therefore, when students participate in physical education, they can improve their academic performance across the board.


Sportsmanship benefits of physical education 

Part of a student’s development is learning to deal with success and failure in a healthy manner. Through physical education, students learn how to deal with both winning and losing with respect. For example, students discover that they will not win every competition in which they participate, and that they should not take out their frustrations on teammates or fellow competitors. Furthermore, they learn to win with humility and refrain from gloating. Overall, this prepares students to take on the successes and failures of life with confidence and modesty.


Importance of physical education in daily life 

Overall, physical education enables students to develop a wide range of life skills with benefits such as: 


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BIS Abu Dhabi PE Curriculum

Through a broad and balanced programme, students will be taught to be physically active, developing co-ordination, control and body management.

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