As we all know literacy is extremely important for all children to develop in for their future. However, have you ever thought about the importance of physical literacy?
“Physical literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” (Whitehead, 2016).
It is essential for pupils to have the opportunity to develop their physical literacy not only in their school environment but also at home. This does not mean that the focus is on children playing sport, it means children have the opportunity to develop and succeed in basic skills such as running, jumping throwing, catching, balancing etc. If children succeed at these basic skills and become physically literate at an early stage in their life, they a more likely to enjoy participating in physical activity or sports and lead a healthy lifestyle. In this day and age it is extremely important for children to enjoy being active and keeping healthy as obesity is at such a high rate.
In the early years, your child can practice doing every day activities such a walking instead of being in a pram, cleaning their own teeth, helping to clean the house, opening their own water bottles etc. This will help develop their basic skills. As well as when playing get them active by getting up, getting them to play catch with you down at the park or doing races.
At Tiny Town Nursery we do a lot of cross-curricular activities, which allows pupils to learn numeracy or emotional development through the means of physical activities. We also provide a diverse extra curriculum programme that furthers pupils development in those basic physical skills.