We are hosting a fun opportunity for children in school years 5 and 6 to test their skills in key fundamental movement areas. Each child will set a personal benchmark in five different events:
We will give the children tips to help them succeed in these events, which are the underpinning ‘movement’ blocks for improving sports that are built into the more complex skills used in games and sports. Click here to find out more about fundamental movement skills and why they are important. During the day, the children will:
Build their sports skills. Develop their ability. Grow their confidence.
All participants will receive a badge and a certificate and will be entered into a random draw for an opportunity for 15 girls and 15 boys to receive a fun free two hour skill development coaching session on XXXXXX from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
If you would like your child to participate in our sports challenge, please fill in the form below as we cannot guarantee availability to anyone who doesn’t pre-register.
The standing long jump is used internationally at all levels, across many different sports, as a tool to assess coordination, and power (a combination of speed and strength). It also includes elements of both static and dynamic balance, and also spatial awareness .
As an exercise, the high stepper resembles the tyre run seen in many outdoor sport training activities and is a great test of agility, coordination and speed.
Being able to perform a chest push is a test of coordination and power, essential for so many different sports. Learning this skill helps ensure young children know how to make the most of this training method and to perform the movements safely.
Speed bounce is an excellent example of agility, mental focus and to a degree an element of endurance or stamina.
Balance is a fundamental aspect of so many sports, both in a static context and as part of holding a shape when moving, often in the air. Static balance requires strong stable ankles, as well as strong as a strong core/trunk which is so important when moving.
In this activity, each athlete has four attempts at balancing for 15 seconds, giving a maximum score of 60 seconds
Fundamental movement skills are the underpinning ‘movement’ blocks, or required patterns of movement upon which are built the more complex skills used in recreational and organised games and sports. They are frequently categorised into three different areas:
Alongside, and very much supporting the development of these skills, are the three key areas associated with the Fundamentals of Movement: Agility, Balance and Coordination.
Children with recognisably competent fundamental movement skills are far more likely to take part in a wider variety of games and physical activities and as a consequence benefit from:
Within the genre of health and wellbeing, there is a lot to be said for being able to move well!
Most children will naturally develop early movement patterns such as crawling, walking and throwing, but it is not guaranteed that they will end up performing these skill proficiently. Some children go on to develop the more complex movements such as jumping and throwing, while others, if left to their own devices, will never master these skills and may well develop an ‘I can’t’ mentality.
There is an ideal time when children should learn these skills. The body is most receptive to neural development between the age of 0-9, after this there is a gradual tail off in terms of the ability to learn new skills. The period between the age of 9 and 13, when puberty often starts, is often known as the ‘skill hungry years’.
One key aspect that must be borne in mind is that children are not mini adults, which is why the FUN of FUNdamental movements is so important. This variety in approach is partly due to differences in the competition structure, the different physical demands of the sport on the body, the ages when the body is more receptive to a particular type of training, and the culture of the sport.
Since the window of opportunity is confined to the early years of a child’s life, the way these skills are developed is of paramount of importance: there is very little chance for a second opportunity. Purposeful play and engaging practise, within an environment that is enjoyable, fun, and relevant is more likely to lead to children learning these skills so that they become embedded and recalled as second nature. The overall approach needs to differentiate between girls and boys and recognise the different growth rates, ages and areas of sporting interest.
Recent research has underpinned the importance of appropriate strength and conditioning development for children, which is more reliant on recognising where each child is in relation to their development, as opposed to putting arbitrary times scales on specific types of activity.
The challenge for the people helping children to learn these skills is to recognise that these skills will develop over time – years, not days, weeks or months, and may well have to be relearned during and after puberty. However, we feel the challenge is worth the effort!
At Wells, we recognise the importance of these skills and have been following a programme for the last two years that specifically focuses on developing Fundamental Movement Skills from year 3 onwards, and the results are already becoming self evident.
If you would like to know more about our sports curriculum, please contact Gemma Pritchard at [email protected]