‘Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.’ - The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014
At NAISAK, we value the importance of Physical Education and Sport. Equipping children with the physical skills they need to live a fun and healthy lifestyle cannot be left to chance. The optimal window for physical skill development is in early childhood. By the time a child reaches the age of 8 years old, they have often made decisions about what they can and cannot do, for example catching a ball and being able to swim. Providing children with as many opportunities as possible to practise such skills within school and outside of lesson times is paramount. Developing the ABCs (Agility, Balance and Co-ordination) of physical literacy is therefore as important as learning the ABCs of literacy and the 123s of numeracy.
During Foundation Stage PE lessons, teachers have been finding fun ways to develop children’s abilities in accordance with the Physical Development Milestones from the Early Learning Goals. These milestones include skills such as walking on tip toes, jumping from a step or bench with control, riding a trike and performing a press-up. The Early Learning Goals are being achieved by using a multitude of resources and activities which enable children to be successful and meet all of the areas of the Physical Development targets. During lessons, children have experienced a carousel of different activities and teachers have worked specifically with individuals and small groups to test and measure their progress.
Within F1 and F2, pupils are becoming increasingly confident using a variety of equipment ranging from small balls, tennis rackets, parachutes and larger gymnastics equipment. The approach of offering access to a variety of equipment will ultimately provide a lasting confidence in children to explore and access further content in the coming years within their future PE lessons.
Not only have we focused on pupils as individuals but we also emphasised the importance of collaboration with their peers. Children have experienced team games, giving them the opportunity to build their social skills and negotiate a variety of situations which can occur, such as winning and losing, how to communicate with others and working together. Our children are extremely enthusiastic during their lessons and are beginning to show openness and resilience when faced with new challenges and experiences.