Once the physical literacy building blocks have been put in place and the fundamental movement skills have been developed, the possibilities are endless. Children can begin to engage in competitive sport, individually or with teams. They can take part in outdoor and adventurous activities, compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Children can now apply and develop a wider range of skills, use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. For example, activities such as running, jumping, throwing and catching in combination with competitive games such as football, netball, tennis etc.
Children will now be prepared to progress onto sport that includes communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. By engaging in competitive games, children will naturally improve their physical and sporting ability as well as other key skills such as communication and teamwork.
It is vital to keep progressing fundamental movement skills alongside sport in order to continue development of sport-specific and complex movement skills that will allow children to enjoy sport and physical activity in their future life. By doing so, it will prepare them for organised sport inside and outside of school. It will also improve their mental wellbeing including academic success and skills such as handwriting, drawing and typing as key skills such as hand eye coordination are developed.
Balance is the pillar between every skill we have. From throwing and catching to jumping and running. Balance plays a large role in the development of mental attributes not just physical. When children stabilise themselves from an unstable pose, they learn how to focus faster and more efficiently. This develops concentration, coordination, agility and attention.
These skills can be vital in the classroom, at home, playing sports and in future life in employment.
Coordination is a child’s ability to get their body working in conjunction with their brain. A child’s physical coordination can have a large impact on their skill level in sports, academic performance and even attitudes about school and education. That’s why it is important for children to continue progression with coordination exercises, developing coordination skills that can help them throughout their life.
Agility helps performance in activities that require you to change direction quickly. This could be in team games such as netball and football or individual games such as running, jumping or playing tennis.
Agility is not just about the speed with which an individual can change direction, but also defined by the grace and fluidity of movement.
We have put together a selection of individual and team games that involve competition, communication and collaboration whilst working on the fundamental movement skills. By practicing these games, children will master the basics and be prepared for a healthy and active lifestyle.
Use whiteboards and stopwatches to create leader boards and tournaments, this will give children a clear view of their progression and development.
Take a look at our engaging games and activities below: