This study arose out of a recognition that more comprehensive
support should be provided for early years (5–8) teachers in
programmes of Physical Education. Thus it was decided to
undertake a study which involved teachers in the construction
of a critical reflection and the development of appropriate
documentation to guide their practice. In order to do this the
study needed to encompass: (1) a review of literature and current support materials for
first school teachers of Physical Education; (2) a critical analysis of current guidelines for Early Years
produced by local education authorities; (3) the formation of a working party of teachers to debate
the content and write guidelines; (4) a critical evaluation by distinguished practitioners of the
The analysis of currant early years local education authority
guidelines showed a strong dependence upon didactic teaching
as opposed to more open learning procedures which were
recommended by educators in the early years. There was a striking
similarity of content and selected schemes in these guidelines.
The study produced a set of guidelines entitled 'Let's All Move'.
which was submitted to critical scrutiny by distinguished
practitioners in Physical Education. The evaluation was fed back
into the final production of the book for teachers.
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.