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After a half-term break, students may be feeling a bit sluggish and out of sorts. It’s important to find ways to re-engage them in PE and get them excited about learning again.
Physical education can be an inclusive and inviting way to raise engagement for students for their academic and personal development. It’s important to mix activities up to keep interest high when PE lessons are taking place. Here are a few ideas you could use to keep your lessons engaging when students return from half-term:

1. Start with a fun and active warm-up

This will help to get students’ blood flowing and get them ready for the lesson. Some examples of fun and active warm-up activities include:

  • Simon Says
  • Duck, Duck, Goose
  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Musical Chairs

2. Plan activities that are challenging and rewarding

Students are more likely to be engaged in PE if they are doing things that are challenging but achievable. Some examples of challenging and rewarding PE activities include:

  • Team sports
  • Individual sports
  • Outdoor activities
  • Fitness challenges

3. Make sure that the activities are appropriate for all students

It’s important to differentiate instruction and provide students with choices so that everyone can participate and succeed. Some examples of ways to differentiate instruction include:

  • Providing different levels of difficulty
  • Offering different types of activities
  • Allowing students to work at their own pace

4. Create a positive and supportive learning environment

Students are more likely to be engaged in PE if they feel comfortable and supported. Make sure to praise students’ efforts and encourage them to do their best. There are a few ways you could do this:

  • Build rapport with your students and get to know their interests
  • Encourage bonding with teammates and peers
  • Be inclusive and respectful at all times

5. Use music and other sensory inputs

Some students could respond better in PE if there were auditory elements to boost performance.

“Music has ergo-genic effect as well, it increases exercise performance, delays fatigue and increases performance and endurance, power and strength.”

Online PE resources can that engage

PE Office has downloadable lesson plans and schemes of work that can help elevate your PE lessons. You can also access engaging video content showcasing how to effectively perform skills which are delivered by elite skilled athletes.

You can access PE Office’s resources here. Alternatively, you can call 01909 776900 or send an email to for more information.