Why is this physical education doll in schools in the UK?
Posted On July 4, 2021
Posted September 28, 2019 12:10:33Education, health and human services ministers in the United Kingdom have announced plans to introduce a new physical education curriculum that is “inclusive and culturally sensitive”.
Education minister Kirsty Blackwood said the curriculum would be based on Plato’s Physical Education, but that it would also be able to “reflect modern technology, and the many different forms of physical education that are available”.
In a statement, she said: “As part of our modern society, we have to be able, as teachers, to teach young children the basics of the physical world.
It is in our power to teach them the things that matter most to them.”
The new curriculum will include “new science and physical activity”, but it will be “consistent with a curriculum that teaches students to: be mindful of the body, the world around them and to recognise that the body is a living, breathing part of the person, that it is a part of everything they are”.
Ms Blackwood added that the new curriculum would also “empower young people and students of all ages” to “explore and explore their own bodies, with a strong focus on respect and dignity”.
“This is the best way for pupils to explore and learn about their own body and its function,” she said.
“It is a new way of teaching physical education and it will enable us to build upon the lessons we have already learned in the past.”
The department said that the aim was to “give children the knowledge and skills to make better physical and mental health and wellbeing choices, as well as develop the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their physical and emotional wellbeing”.
The curriculum will also be used to teach pupils about the importance of respecting others, including the health of others and the wellbeing of those in their care, it said.
The new body language and body awareness training will be developed with the help of the World Health Organisation, she added.
The department added that pupils will also receive training in physical activity skills.
A spokesperson for the Department for Education said:”Our physical education policy has been shaped by the science of physical activity, as a vital part of all school-based physical education programmes, which includes teaching young children how to play, move and think.”
The new physical curriculum, which is already in place at primary level, will also help pupils learn about the physical activity they can expect to do as they progress through secondary school.
“The Department for Health said it had also launched a new body weight programme for primary school pupils.
The programme, which will begin in September, will help to teach physical activity and how to maintain a healthy body weight, it added.
It is the first time in the history of the curriculum that the government has commissioned a body weight curriculum.
The government has already started working on a new curriculum for primary schools, which has been set to be published later this year.