Why Do Children Need PE?

  • Why Children Need Physical Education

    Physical Education is an integral part of the total education of every child in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime.

    Improved Physical Fitness 

    Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.


    Skill Development 

    Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities.


    Regular, healthful physical activity

    Provides a range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.

    Self Discipline

    Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.

    Improved judgment

    Physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others; and accept responsibility for their own behavior.

    Stress reduction

    Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.


    Strengthened peer relationships

    Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in games and sports is an important part of peer culture.


    Improved self-confidence and self-esteem

    Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.


    Experience Setting Goals

    Gives children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals