Don't Ignore Physical Literacy. #activeeveryday #learntobeactive
I have always been very interested in researching and ensuring quality physical literacy programs are being taught and learnt in my PE classes. Ensuring all students take part and feel confident with physical literacy seems so easy to achieve, but everyBODY is different and we as educators need to guide our students to master their skills.
"Physical Literacy is the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to move confidently and with control in a wide range of physical activity situations. It supports long-term participation and performance to the best of one’s ability." PISE World
At times we forget the importance of Physical Literacy and how this needs to be in play everyday for all students. We need to educate students how to work on physical literacy skills at home. Don't set homework, challenge them to be active everyday. Get your students to show you what they have learnt at home and how they continue to work on their skills.
As an educator, I've learnt that students thoroughly enjoy learning in various environments and enjoy some environments more than others. This is where we need to be creative and ensure all students enjoy all areas. Some of the environments include;
Outdoor areas (oval, basketball courts, playgrounds)
Water activities (swimming, diving)
Indoor activities (gym)
For students to be active, they need to feel confident in many environments. Students learning fundamental movement skills and games sense skills is just as important as to learn the alphabet. It is imperative for students to be active, develop their fundamental motor skills and sporting skills so students feel good about themselves and being active.
How can we incorporate quality physical literacy?
- Movement that focusing on techniques that improves fundamental movement skill and sport skills.
- Dynamic exercises
- Speed exercises
- Agility exercises
- Hand eye coordination and eye feet coordination
- Question students
- Challenge students
Also incorporating words relating to student learning will also increase their learning. Dedicating a word of the week, PE word wall and making connections with the outside world.
The Five Star Physical Literacy is something I created and will be using a lot to ensure my students master their physical literacy.
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.