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.
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. Confidence in one’s physical abilities encourages youngsters, and later adults, to socialise more easily and 'fit into' a variety of situations.
Children learn to develop the notion of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and dealing with both success and defeat.
Movement can be used to reinforce the understanding of many subjects taught in the classroom e.g. mathematics. Movement is also associated with enhanced brain functioning.
PE is especially important to children who have yet to develop their verbal communication skills. Thus, their confidence in physical abilities can lead to positive feelings of self-esteem.