P.E. is a great subject to teach but sometimes it fills me with fear.  Bringing the children out of the classroom to a hall where there is no seats or structured seating plans could be disastrous and therefore requires excellent classroom management and organisation.

Before going to the hall/outside area for P.E.
Discuss how to get to the hall (the way to walk down the corridor/outside)
Use positives – We walk quietly in 2’s to the hall
(If children are not behaving appropriately – return to class and start again.)

First thing to do in hall/outside area 
This should be set in stone from the start of the school year. When we get to the hall we stand on the yellow line/ sit on the bench/ stand against the wall/ sit in a circle.


Whistle/Time Out Signal
Noise levels can get quite high during a P.E. lesson especially when outside. A whistle works well. Otherwise I use a hand in the air which means freeze.

Strands and Strand Units

  • Athletics (Running, Jumping, Throwing, Understanding and Appreciation of Athletics)
  • Dance (Exploration, creation and performance of dance, Understanding and Appreciation of dance)
  • Gymnastics (Movement, Understanding and Appreciation of Gymnastics)
  • Games (Sending, receiving and travelling, creating and playing games, Understanding and Appreciation of Games)
  • Outdoor and Adventure (Walking, cycling and camping activities, orienteering, outdoor challenges, water-based activities, understanding and appreciation of outdoor and adventure)
  • Aquatics (hygiene, water safety, entry to and exit from the water, buoyancy and propulsion, stroke development, water based ball games, understanding and appreciation of aquatics).
Warm Up Activities
  • Rats and Rabbits (Split the class into 2. Children stand on a line and face a partner on the opposite line. One side are rats the other rabbits. Teacher calls rats – rats turn and run to a target. Rabbits chase them. Teacher calls rabbits – rabbits turn and run to a target and rats chase them.)
  • Colours (link with Gaeilge) – each colour has a different action. Children move around the hall, teacher calls a colour (as Gaeilge) children do action and continue movement. (Glas – jump high, Corcra – touch the floor, Dearg – stop, Gorm – run etc.)
  • Numbers – Children jog around the room, teacher calls a number and children form groups of that number.
  • Numbers balance – children jog around the room, teacher calls a number and children balance on that many body parts.
  • Cups and saucers – divide the class into 2 groups. You will need 30 or more cones (see above) half of which should be normal and the other half upside down. Depending on whether they are cups/saucers the children turn the cones. The game lasts 2 minutes and the winning team is the one with the most cones turned over.
  • Late for the bus – teacher gives a brief scenario (you’re tired and don’t want to go to school, you’ve left your phone on the bus, you’re late for school) children move in that way. (Link with drama)
Cool down activities
  • Silent line – children lie on the ground and close their eyes. Teacher moves around and taps each child’s foot. Once the child has been tapped they walk silently and form a line ready to return to class.
  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Musical statues
  • 5-4-3-2-1 – children move around the area at different speeds. (5 is running, 4- jogging, 3 – brisk walking, 2- walking, 1 – walking very slowly – dragging feet.)
  • Follow the leader