I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the physical education (PE) that your child will be participating in while studying at Varee Chiang Mai International School.

Our PE department has been looking at current research in the fields of physical education, child development, and child psychology. The department is therefore looking at ways to change and deliver a more child centred PE experience, in positive learning environments where your children will feel free to express who they are and never be afraid of making mistakes.

To help us achieve these goals the PE department here at VCIS have planned a new physical education programme that aims to develop the three main child development domains.

We aim to develop these domains by setting up lessons which are purposeful, task orientated, relaxed, warm, supportive, and with a sense of order where the teacher is a key factor in setting up this ‘successful learning environment’. To further aid in your child’s holistic development we focus our efforts on changing when and what children will learn throughout their time here at VCIS. For example for some of our learners here they will not have PE in the ‘traditional’ sense and will focus more on Physical Activity (PA) where FUNdamentals are the key.

Early Years Programme

Primary Years Programme

The physical education department feels that physical activity plays a vital role in the healthy growth and development of children, as physical activity provides children with the opportunity to expend energy and develop Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS). FMS can be defined as basic movement patterns that involve two or more parts of the body.

These basic movement patterns are commonly known as locomotor (e.g. running, jumping, and hopping) and object manipulation skills (e.g. catching, throwing, and kicking). It is the mastery of these basic skills, which leads to the development of specialised movement patterns required for the participation in many organised physical activities for children and adolescents. It is during the primary years where FMS are optimally developed in children and are refined later into a sporting context and further into sport specific skills. FMS mastery is likely to be achieved through quality instruction and practice, without this time to practice children may demonstrate developmental delays in their gross motor ability.

The physical education department aims to bring about a change and provide your children with as much time and practice in developing FMS skills with the introduction of our new Primary Years Programme (PYP) in physical education.

During this new programme your child will navigate through seven units each designed to encourage motor skill development, self-confidence, problem solving and team work.

This is achieved through the following units of work:

Weeks Unit
Hand based invasion games & swimming
Chasing/evading games & swimming
Net wall/striking and fielding games
Taekwondo & swimming
Swimming & movement competence (basic gymnastics)


Age Stage of development Learning objectives
Early years
Rudimentary Movement Phase
(Pre-control Stage)
Children learn to gain and maintain balance, learn to manipulate objects in a calm, slower paced open environment where the emphasis is on fun where personal and social development is the main focus.
 Swimming lessons will be introduced during this period with water association and safety in and around water as its main goal.
Year 1 & 2
Fundamental Movement Phase
 (Initial Stage)
(Emerging Elementary Phase)
Children will further develop their balance and manipulation skills. In addition to this children will begin to develop their locomotor skills in a faster paced open learning environment where the emphasis is still based on fun rather than in a results driven environment.
 Swimming lessons will be incorporated during this period, as a life skill that will give children further confidence around bodies of water.
Year 3 & 4
Fundamental Movement Phase
(Proficient Stage)
FMS will be the main focus during this stage of your children’s development. Running, jumping, throwing, and catching will be the main focus delivered through well-structured medium paced and fun open lessons.
 The emphasis during this period of development is on small sided activities where children will learn basic tactics and learn how to co-operate with others. Children will be encouraged to be active learners who ask questions and work together to develop ideas to complete activities set out during lessons.
Year 5 & 6
Specialised Movement Phase
(Transitional stage)
During this stage we will continue to refine your children’s Fundamental Movement Skills that have been previously learned during their time at Varee and encourage the development of sports specific skills.
 The emphasis of this stage of development is on small sided games and activities, the difference is children will learn gain further knowledge of tactics and strategies. Environmental and task constraints will be used to aid in the development of more complex and efficient movement patterns which will help in problem solving and completion of activities set out during lessons.


VCIS offers a variety of sport programmes, including Futsal, Basketball and Football and we compete against other International Schools in the Chiang Mai area. Follow our dedicated sports page on Facebook