CHINA Primary school in Beijing tries new programme: PE first, cultural classes later

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Primary school in Beijing tries new programme: PE first, cultural classes later

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14:25, April 07, 2021

Students have PE class at Wenwei Middle School in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, May 11, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

"Zero Point PE" was officially launched at Beijing No.2 Experimental Primary School Pinggu Branch on Tuesday. At 8 a.m., around 500 students from six grades were gathered in the playground.

In the past, PE lessons in schools were often taken up by other subjects; now, the primary school in Pinggu District is giving priority to PE classes. Every morning, students take a 40-minute PE lesson before starting their day with other cultural classes.

Students’ daily PE classes and gymnastics during the big break will remain unchanged, said Mei Hongbing, principal of this primary school.

"PE is the first subject"and "Sports is the most important lesson for children"...... The slogans on the school wall stand out.

The school playground is divided into three basic and two special training areas. The basic training area is designed to improve students’ motor skills and physical fitness, while the two special areas include a camp for obese students to lose weight, and a Guinness challenge area to develop athletic strength and show themselves.

Based on the age characteristics of students, their interests, site conditions and the school’s featured sports project, the "Zero Point PE" program is being developed under the guidance of experts from the School of Physical Education of Beijing Normal University.

Pinggu District will focus on increasing the number of PE classes in schools, promoting the deep integration of sports and education, and improving the quality of PE classes, according to officials of the Pinggu District Education Committee.

To effectively crack the bottlenecks that limit the development of PE classes and to promote the sound development of school sports, the Education Committee will also focus more on student physical health monitoring, strengthening extracurricular physical exercise and making up the shortages of teachers, venues and equipment.

(Original story by Beijing Daily; Compiled by Xiong Xinyi)

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