Physical education

24th March 2000 at 00:00

The Primary Physical Education Handbook covers games, gymnastic activities and dance for the primary school. It is, to paraphrase the publisher's description, a "road-tested distillation of know-how to help plan a school's physical education programme".

For the busy or inexperienced teacher the information is a useful blend of the general and the specific. The early chapters provide a reminder of the role of PE and its relationship to the national curriculum. Thereafter the book moves into suggested schemes of work and individual lesson plans. This latter section is the real core of the book.

Although the book clearly does the job, don't expect it to be a provider of quick-fix lesson plans. It takes some working through the compact design and paucity of illustrations to reach the rewards.

101 YOUTH SOCCER DRILLS age 7-11 and Age 12-16. By Malcolm Cook. Aamp;C Black pound;9.99 each

Malcolm Cook is a highly respected name in football, especially for his work in youth coaching. These titles, intended for teachers and coaches, reflect his depth of knowledge.

The 101 drills are divided into sections covering key areas such as warming u and practice organisation.

Small-sided and individual competition plays a major part in the drills providing a good introduction to the real battles to come. This approach is central; the implication is that youngsters are preparing for the 11-a-side game.

Simple explanatory diagrams make these easy to use titles. There is a clear progression from one book to the next, but why call them "youth" drills? Adult teams would deriveequal benefit.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS. By Sue Chedzoy. Southgate Publishers pound;8.99

This book, a companion to a range of "in the school grounds" titles, is intended for PE teachers at key stages 1 and 2. Although it covers some fairly standard activities, its strength lies in the new ideas that it introduces. With colour photographs, lively illustrations and some brilliant activities, it is a pleasure to use.

The content ranges from general health and fitness activities to specific proposals for dance, games and "adventure". You don't need to have large grounds to get value from the book. That said, a friendly caretaker or parent to paint the playground would help.

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