Physical Education and School Sport are two terms that are often mistankenly used interchangeably. Although there are similarities, their differences make them two seperate topics.
Physical Education is the planned learning that takes place in school curriculum timetabled time. This will involve all students.
School Sport does not take place within the set curriculum, instead takes place outside of school learning hours. It still involves structured learning.
The Key Differences
- PE is focused on developing key skills such as catching and running, whereas School Sport is more intense exercise which requires skills
- Sport often involves playing competitively, whereas PE is not
- PE classes are compulsory in schools until the age of 16
- PE goals are those that educate students on personal development, whereas Sports goals refer to performace achieved
- PE involves children learning and experiencing a range of activities, School Sports broaden these activites and skills
Both Physical Education and School Sports are important for a childs learning and development through physical activity