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Welcome to Once Upon a PE lesson. Playful PE for Early and Primary years.

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Chinese New Year PE games (KG3) 02/01/2024

Happy New Year, Friends!

I trust that each of you had a wonderful time celebrating the festive season and embraced the joy of the holidays.

For those who are looking forward to celebrating the Chinese (Lunar) New Year, the excitement of yet another celebration is just around the corner.

To add more excitement to the upcoming festivities, I'm thrilled to share a link that offers an array of FREE Chinese New Year-themed PE activities. These engaging activities are designed to bring a touch of fun and cultural exploration to your physical education lessons.

I hope you'll enjoy incorporating these activities into your lesson plans and infusing a bit of Lunar New Year flair into your classroom.

Wishing you all a fantastic start to the year and looking forward to the celebrations ahead!

Chinese New Year PE games (KG3) Chinese New Year-themed PE games are especially differentiated for KG3 students. Instructions, diagrams, level-up options, learning outcomes, and movement words make these resources easy to follow and the perfect resources for PE and classroom teachers.Happy New Year!


Finally back home and collected my masters certificate and I’m feeling so proud! πŸŽ“πŸŒŸ Learned so much that I can't wait to put into action. Don't underestimate the hard work of research! "


I was unpacking last night and I found this.
A leaving present from a colleague, given to me last academic year.
This time last year was tough and I was unhappy.
I would always do my best for team though. You never know who you are inspiring πŸ’œ


Teaching the PYP can be magical but also a lot to take in.
My latest blog shares some simple teaching techniques which may help simplify the process.
It’s all about keeping things simple and being the best you can be.



Heartbreak for the LionessesπŸ’”

The Lionesses will not compete at Paris 2024, despite an impressive 6-0 win against Scotland yesterday.

It looked like the victory would be enough to secure their ticket, but the Netherlands managed to score a 95th minute fourth goal against Belgium, pushing the Lionesses out of the Nations League final and therefore out of a place at the Olympic Games next year.

Just as they were celebrating in post-match huddle, their Olympic dreams were shattered.

❌ BUT it didn’t have to be this way ❌

Did you know that 16 teams are allowed to compete in men’s football at the Olympics, while only 12 women’s teams make it through?

Women were only allowed to compete in football at the Olympics in 1996, almost a century later than men’s football was introduced to the Games.

By the time women’s football was part of the Olympics, the IOC had limited teams to only 12, but the men’s competition was never reduced to meet the limit.

If the Lionesses were a men’s team, they may have secured their spot in Paris already, simply due to more teams making the cut.

Women are being punished for being late to the party, but it was never our choiceπŸ“£

Photos from Once Upon a PE Lesson's post 02/12/2023

Another awesome kids class at Checkmat Hangzhou.

Our mini ninjas make us proud every week with their progress and as they dedicate more time to training, they earn stripes 🀩


The kiddos did amazing today!
Trap and roll
Balance and base


An amazing group of PE legends!


Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman says it's only a matter of time before women are coaching men's teams in the professional game - and "more will follow" πŸ’ͺ


I’m privileged to have the opportunity and also proud of myself for continuing to say yes to challenges which are thrown my way.

I know I will learn so much this weekend as I engage with an amazing PE community.


Our mini ninjas are still training and having fun.
A special congratulations to two superstars ⭐️ who were awarded their first stripe last weekend. This symbolises hard work, dedication, resilience and passion!

Checkmat Hangzhou mini ninjas bjj kids class.
Every Saturday


Checkmat Hangzhou Kids Class πŸ™Œ

We have fun every week with our mini-ninjas πŸ₯·

Sprawl and reverse butt scoot later advancing to butt scooting away from a guard passer, then grabbing their lapel and then pull your opponent down to the floor in the space you just created.


🌟 Join us in exploring the power of cooperation games in physical and health education! 🀝✨

πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ Delveing into the importance of teaching teamwork, inclusion, and caring through cooperative games. πŸŒπŸ’• I strongly believe in nurturing well-rounded individuals who excel not only in sports but also in kindness and empathy.

🌈 Cooperation games promote inclusivity, build connections, and instill lifelong values that transfer to various sports and life situations. πŸ…πŸ€—

At Hangzhou International School we understanding how a holistic approach to physical and health education can shape the future generation of compassionate athletes and caring individuals. πŸ’ͺ🌟


Fearless leader. Formidable player.

Marlie Packer is the 2023 Women's 15s Player of the Year in partnership with Mastercard

Returning stronger! - Once Upon a PE Lesson 05/11/2023

πŸ“’ Exciting news! 🌟 Dive into our inspiring blog post on "Once Upon a PE Lesson: Return Stronger" ✨ Unleash the power of resilience and discover the incredible journey of becoming stronger after every challenge. πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈ πŸ’ͺ

Returning stronger! - Once Upon a PE Lesson I am back and thrilled to announce that Once Upon a PE Lesson is back too! I apologise for my absence and the lack of resources and updates on my website. ...


The are CHAMPIONS! πŸ†

Home 2 - Once Upon a PE Lesson 05/11/2023

πŸ“£ Exciting announcement!


is back and better than ever! πŸŽ‰

Apologies for my absence, but I'm thrilled to share my journey with you through old and NEW blogs. 🌟

Don't worry, FREE resources are still available, PLUS amazing new ones.

Take a look πŸ‘€

Home 2 - Once Upon a PE Lesson Playful PE​: Teaching Resources for Early Years and Primary School Physical Educators Subscribe to get free access to our emails where we share cool resources and tips about teaching physical education for primary school & early years. Once Upon a PE Lesson:οΏ½a Journey of Movements and Imaginatio...


Checkmat Halloween Party today! πŸŽƒ πŸ‘» πŸ₯·
Suresh represented Cobra Kai while I was team Miyagi Do.

​Kids had fun and learned the pumpkin smash defence to the single leg and the trick or treat turtle attack. It's a great time to be part of the Mini Ninjas!

​Best of luck to Alan and Leila who will compete tomorrow. Oss!

Teaching Resources - Once Upon a PE Lesson 25/10/2023

Exciting news for all the PE enthusiasts out there! πŸ“£πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Our Updated PE resources just got even better with a whole year's worth of activities for early years! πŸŽ‰ And that's not all, we've got you covered with primary PE athletics resources and GCSE PE revision packs too! πŸ‘ŸπŸ’ͺ

Teaching Resources - Once Upon a PE Lesson Early Years (1) PE Learning Journey Each activity has a theme/story which enhances the learning of language alongside movement. Themes include: Back to School, Family, and Summer Each game has: Diagram, Instructions, Keywords, Key skills, Learning Objectives, Level up options, and Equipment list Tri...


Knee tag to start our mini ninjas jiu jitsu class this week.
Main lesson - posture- bent knees, looking forward, straight back.
Quick footwork.
Grab the opponents sleeves and push them away!


🌟 Feeling blessed to be part of an amazing school 🏫 that truly prioritizes emotional well-being! πŸ’šπŸ’›β€οΈ And guess what? I found an incredibly simple yet effective way to weave this value into my lessons: Hula Hoop Bottle Check-ins! πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ₯€

Here's how it goes: Each student places their water bottle in one of three hula hoops, expressing how they're feeling that day. πŸ’š represents feeling fab, πŸ’› stands for "I'm okay but not great," and ❀️ signifies "I'm not doing good today." It's a quick and visual way for students to express their emotional state without uttering a word. πŸ“’

This small practice carries so much weight in acknowledging our students' emotions and fostering a supportive environment. By embracing this simple technique, we cultivate a space where their emotional well-being is valued and nurtured. 🌈

Let's raise a toast to our school's dedication to emotional wellness! πŸ₯‚ Together, we're making a positive difference, one hula hoop and water bottle at a time. Cheers! πŸŽ‰πŸ’šπŸ’›β€οΈ


🌟 We're kickstarting a cool change where students take the reins and self-assess their progress. It's not some mind-blowing technique, but, it makes a difference! When students push themselves to explain their levels, they're flexing those brain muscles and gaining a deeper understanding of their growth. It's all about fostering self-awareness and building healthy habits for life.

What do you do to encourage reflection?


Kids BJJ class at Checkmat Hangzhou is growing every week we love it!

Early Years Learning Journey (3) PE 13/10/2023

πŸ“’ Exciting news!
Introducing THREE differentiated Early Years Physical Education Learning Journeys - resources that combines movement and language learning for young learners! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

πŸ—£οΈ Engage your students with interactive games, learning outcomes, and more. Visit Once Upon a PE Lesson on Teachers Pay Teachers of follow the links for details and get ready to ignite their curiosity!




Early Years Learning Journey (3) PE This inquiry-based resource combines the power of movement with language learning. Engage young learners in interactive physical activities that not only develop their motor skills and coordination but also reinforce language acquisition. Each game includes learning outcomes, key movement words, lev...

Photos from Once Upon a PE Lesson's post 08/10/2023

One presentation finished and another in the making
I can’t wait to be back in Hong Kong catching up with wonderful PE educators.
πŸ€— Sharing
πŸ’­ Reflecting
πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Learning


Our mini ninjas start and finish every training session with high fives πŸ™Œ


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