‘Learning to move is just as important as learning to read and write’
In October 2014, New Brunswick hosted a Physical Literacy summit that brought together over 120 delegates from a large variety of fields. The goal of the Summit was to bring together parents, teachers, coaches, instructors and program providers responsible for the physical literacy development of our children and provide opportunities for all to build their knowledge and enhance their skills to provide developmental and fundamentally sound movement practices.
Building on the Summit, the task in 2015 has shifted to bringing the message of Physical Literacy to all stakeholders. RSS students are well positioned to be Physical Literacy champions. But before they attempt to do so, is there a clear understanding of what Physical Literacy is/means?
- Physical Literacy can be defined as having acceptable fundamental movement skills combined with the confidence and motivation to participate in physical activity across a variety of environments.
- A physically literate individual has the the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.
- Individuals who are physically literate move with competence in a wide variety of physical activities that benefit the development of the whole person.
- Physical literacy focuses on the development of the whole child — meaning it is not just about the understanding and practice of physical activity, it also includes a child’s knowledge and understanding of why physical activity is important and its resulting benefits, as well as the development of attitudes and habits to practice these skills on a regular basis.
- Physical literacy is the cornerstone of both participation and excellence in physical activity and sport. Individuals who are physically literate are more likely to be active for life.
- Becoming physically literate is influenced by the individual’s age, maturation and capacity.
- Ideally, supporting the development of physical literacy should be a major focus prior to the adolescent growth spurt.
What do you say RSS 4092ers? Are you ready for this responsibility?
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