Physical literacy is more than being physically active or physically fit. It’s a means of enhancing engagement in physical activity by better understanding how to move and interact in one’s environment. It’s the integration of sensory, cognitive, motor and physical abilities which create the ability to read and react in the physical world. Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person (PHE Canada).
Those with permanent disabilities face many challenges in pursing sport, physical activity and becoming active for life. It is important that those who face these challenges have the opportunity to develop physical literacy through inclusive and equitable environments. Being physically literate can help those with physical disabilities maintain good health & well-being, and improve their overall quality of life.
Part of a successful experience is not just the physical aspect, but also the social. Being physically literate can be the difference in an individual’s desire to continue their journey of being active for life.
Fundamental Movement Skills
Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are what is considered the building blocks to developing physical literacy. By breaking down the basic movement skills into key components, children are able to learn and understand the movements. When children learn FMS they also develop confidence, competence and motivation in their ability to move. Through learning these basic movements, children can then progress to developing sport specific skills and complex movement patterns.
When kids learn the fundamentals it allows them to participate, be active and enjoy sports and activities with others. FMS allow children to take steps towards physical literacy and becoming active for life!
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Fundamental Movement Skills Series
The Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Series supports teachers and recreational leaders in teaching fundamental movement and sport skills in an effective, fun and interactive manner.
Providing instructional tips, movement descriptions, assessment checklists, and activities to utilize the motor skills under focus, the FMS Series provides a developmentally appropriate teaching aid to support motor skill development within your children.