Building Resilience and Sportsmanship in Primary PE


Building Resilience and Sportsmanship in Primary PE

Physical Education (PE) goes beyond teaching physical skills; it also plays a vital role in building character. Two essential character traits that can be nurtured through PE are resilience and sportsmanship. This post will explore strategies for building resilience and sportsmanship in Primary PE.

The Importance of Resilience and Sportsmanship


Resilience refers to the ability to bounce back from failure or adversity. In PE, children learn to face challenges, overcome setbacks, and keep trying, even when things are tough.


Sportsmanship involves playing fairly, respecting opponents, and handling wins and losses gracefully. It teaches children to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

Strategies for Building Resilience

Here are some strategies to foster resilience in Primary PE:

Encourage Effort Over Outcome

Praise effort rather than the outcome. This helps children understand that persistence and hard work are valuable, even if they don't always lead to victory.

Provide Constructive Feedback

Offer constructive feedback that helps children understand what they can do to improve. This encourages a growth mindset.

Create Supportive Environment

Foster a supportive environment where children feel safe to take risks and learn from their mistakes.

Strategies for Building Sportsmanship

Here are some strategies to foster sportsmanship:

Model Good Sportsmanship

As a teacher, model good sportsmanship by treating everyone with respect and fairness.

Teach Respect for Rules and Opponents

Emphasise the importance of following rules and respecting opponents. Discuss why these are essential in sports.

Celebrate Good Sportsmanship

Recognise and celebrate instances of good sportsmanship. This reinforces positive behaviour.

At Primary Physical Education, we are committed to nurturing resilience and sportsmanship through PE. Explore our range of resources to support character development in your PE lessons.

How do you build resilience and sportsmanship in your PE lessons? Share your strategies and experiences in the comments below!


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