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Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) is a subject where you can take part in and learn about physical activities. You learn about how important keeping fit is for the health of your body and mind. In some activities you work on your own and in others you work with your classmates as part of a team.


What will I learn in PE? Some of the things you will learn include:

  • How to take part in many activities, from reading maps in orienteering to doing gymnastics with a partner
  • How to be part of a team, but also fun activities which you can do on your own
  • Why physical activity is good for you.

How will I learn Physical Education in school?

Physical Education will be covered through the strands

  • Adventure activities
  • Aquatics (swimming)
  • Athletics
  • Dance and gymnastics

In these, you may be asked to:

  • Work on your own, in pairs or in larger groups
  • Show your classmates, or sometimes show on video, what you can do well
  • Complete handouts, question sheets and record sheets.

Some things that will help you learn in class are:

  • Be engage and particapte in every class and activity
  • Have proper clothing and footwear
  • Ask questions or ask for help

How can I learn more about Physical Education outside of school? Some of things you may do are:

  • Practise the activities you learned in class with a friend
  • Join a club or a team, in school or locally.
  • Find out about the activities you take part in by reading books, newspapers and magazines, as well as looking them up on the Internet.

At home you can get your family to help by:

  • Showing and telling them about what you did in class
  • Going to sporting activities and events that are happening in the community.

How will I know how I am getting on? Your teacher will lt you know:

  • What you did well
  • Where you need to improve
  • What you can do to improve.

Other things you may do are:

  • Think back about the things you did in Physical Education class
  • Talk to your teacher if you are finding anything difficult
  • Ask a friend to help you develop your skills. 

There is no exam in Physical Education. However, your teacher may ask you to keep a portfolio, which is a personal file that could contain:

  • Written accounts and drawings of activities which you did in class
  • Records and reports from your teacher
  • Photos of yourself in Physical Education class or in other physical activities outside of school.


How will Physical Education be useful to me?

You may wish to study sport, physical education, or leisure and recreation in third level courses when you leave school.

By taking part in Physical Education, you will:

  • Learn activities that you can enjoy outside of class and when you are older.
  • Learn about physical activities which will help you have a healthy lifestyle.

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