Physical Education contributes to the overall education of young people by helping them to lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful activity. It is the part of the curriculum, which fosters learning through movement. The overall aim of Physical Education should be directed at developing the “whole student.” This suggests emphasis must be placed not just on the physical attributes of Physical Education but also on its role in intellectual and social development.
Physical Education offers a framework for working physically, solving problems, learning to get on with others and appreciating the need for fair play and rules. Thus there is enormous potential for learning through a thoughtful, balanced Physical Education programme.
The programme aims to develop students’ competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform a range of activities. It also seeks to promote skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. It provides opportunities to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges and individuals, groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles.