Incorporating Physical Literacy into Primary PE Planning


Incorporating Physical Literacy into Primary PE Planning

Physical literacy is a concept that embodies more than just physical skills; it also involves the knowledge and understanding to maintain physical activity throughout one's life. Incorporating physical literacy into primary PE planning can help children develop a lifelong love for physical activity. In this blog post, we'll explore ways to embed physical literacy into your PE planning.

What is Physical Literacy?

Physical literacy is about developing the confidence, competence, motivation, and understanding to value and take responsibility for maintaining purposeful physical activities throughout life. It's an integral part of a holistic education, contributing to children's physical, mental, and social well-being.

Incorporating Physical Literacy into Your PE Planning

1. Include a Variety of Activities

Physical literacy is not just about acquiring specific skills; it's about having the confidence and motivation to apply these skills in various contexts. Include a range of activities in your PE lessons to give students the opportunity to apply their skills in different situations.

2. Focus on Fun

To foster a lifelong love for physical activity, it's crucial that children associate physical activity with enjoyment. Make your PE lessons fun by incorporating games, creative elements, and opportunities for students to express themselves.

3. Encourage Self-Assessment

Physical literacy involves understanding one's own abilities and setting personal goals. Encourage self-assessment by providing opportunities for students to reflect on their skills and progress.

4. Promote Lifelong Activities

Incorporate activities into your PE lessons that students can continue outside of school and later in life, such as swimming, cycling, or yoga. This can help students see physical activity as a lifelong pursuit, not just something they do at school.

Incorporating physical literacy into your primary PE planning can help students develop a love for physical activity that lasts a lifetime. By providing a variety of activities, focusing on fun, encouraging self-assessment, and promoting lifelong activities, you can help your students become physically literate.

Are you ready to incorporate physical literacy into your PE lessons? Discover a wealth of resources and lesson plans tailored to promote physical literacy on

Stay tuned for our next blog post in the series, where we'll delve into assessing and reflecting on your primary PE planning.


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