Play to Learn, Learn to Play: The Joy of Physical, Sports and Outdoor Education
The theme for the 2020 PSE Conference is Play to Learn, Learn to Play: The Joy of Physical, Sports and Outdoor Education. The theme conveys how joyful experiences can be enhanced through physical, sports and outdoor education. One of the key elements is Joy in Physical Education (PE) while developing students in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains. It highlights the importance of Play in PE and emphasises the need to ensure students Learn in PE, where Play and Learn can co-exist in PE. The theme is in tandem with the Ministry of Education’s Learn for Life movement shared at the 2019 Work Plan Seminar, where the conference aims to provide strong support for ‘Igniting Joy of Learning’ and the six prioritised areas of SkillsFuture for Educators.
The three strands of the 2020 PSE Conference are:
- Designing & Enacting Learning: This strand focuses on key issues that PE teachers need to consider in order to design and enact a holistic PE curriculum. This may include understanding of national curricular outcomes mapped against school mission and vision, alignment between grade level outcomes and unit plans, and the effective use of time and space for PE, outdoor education and sports instruction.
- Future-Ready Learning: This strand focuses on quality teaching using technology and innovative strategies to support age-appropriate instructional methods to ensure high academic learning time. Different pedagogical approaches and instructional methods that achieve the psychomotor, cognitive and affective objectives as envisaged in the PE syllabus could be included.
- Assessing Learning: This strand focuses on building assessment literacy in participants to enhance teaching and learning. This may include different forms of formative and summative assessment tools used in PE. Issues related to the implementation of assessment in PE, and the meaningful use and reporting of assessment information in schools could also be discussed.