Resource 2: Planning ways to introduce the four principles of physical development

Background information / subject knowledge for teacher

Look back at Section 1 of this module. Pupils were comparing ways in which they were the same and different. How could you use this classroom activity to introduce the four principles of physical development?

For example, you could ask them to compare their ages and sizes, and the different foods that they eat.

To cover the four principles of physical development in a lesson plan, think about these questions:

  • What is the key thing you want them to learn?
  • How will you introduce the topic?
  • How will you organise the first activity? What will your instructions be? Will the pupils work in groups or pairs?
  • How will you demonstrate the four principles?
  • What resources could you use to help explain them? For example, could you use pictures? Could you bring in different kinds of food? Where would you get them?
  • How will you check the pupils’ understanding?
  • What issues do you need to be sensitive to?

Write down your answers to these questions on a piece of paper. Then use these to plan each stage of your lesson. Remember to always be sensitive to the context in which you are working in so as not to embarrass pupils.

Resource 1: Introduction to physical development

Resource 3: Using games and physical exercise