We provide a structured gross motor program to help all of the children to develop physical literacy. We have developed the session plans based on modules made available from the "Active for Life" program.
The Active for Life website is a great resource if you want to learn more about physical literacy and how to help your child to develop skills and confidence in physical activity. The website also includes developmental milestones for different age groups up to the age of 12. This is a resource that can assist you beyond your child's preschool years.
Physical literacy has gained a lot of attention in discussions around child development. Experts agree that physical literacy is just as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. Physical literacy helps children to become more physically active.
Research shows that physically active kids:
Physical literacy is competence in a wide range of fundamental movement and sport skills.
At preschool level is it focused on children acquiring basic skills that will provide them with the confidence and ability to do different physical activities and sports according to their interest. At this stage the focus is not on technical skill but on having fun with movement, which in turn builds a desire for physical activity.
As we are a small school, our attention will to a large extent be on inclusion of all children and building self-confidence. Examples of basic skills are: running, stopping and changing direction, jumping, hopping, skipping, catching, throwing, kicking, dodging, balance, holding positions, stretching.
Activities are presented as simple, fun games that develop targeted movement skills.
We have a hard copy of the detailed program in the classroom which can be viewed by parents.