New Physical Literacy training targets primary school children – and their PE teachers

MD Matthew Lord

MD Matthew Lord

Physical literacy is as important as numeracy and word literacy, says Let Me Play MD Matthew Lord

Leading youth training organisation Let Me Play is going into primary schools as major survey reveals that one in three pupils

  • ‘hate exercise’ and are at risk of starting secondary school without basic movement skills
  • a third of staff lack confidence in teaching PE.

The recent Youth Trust survey of primary school teachers [23 June] revealed that many one in three primary pupils ‘hate exercise’, and half of teachers say children do not enjoy PE lessons and risk entering secondary school without basic movement skills.

Starting in September, Let Me Play will be going into primary schools in London and the South East to each children the fundamental movement skills – travelling skills, object control skills, and balance movements – that lay the foundation for physical literacy.

Matthew Lord, director of Let Me Play, says: ‘The Youth Trust report made for disturbing reading. But unfortunately, its findings were not a surprise to us. There’s now little doubt that hundreds of thousands of children are failing to acquire rudimentary skills in physical education – the situation is now at crisis point. That’s why we are going into primary schools to work with children – and, crucially, their teachers – to get PE and sport back on track.’

Matthew added: ’If we don’t imbed good habits early on, the consequences follow children and young people through into adult life. Children develop Physical Literacy by learning a wide variety of fundamental movement skills that allow them to enjoy many different physical activities and sports. Without Physical Literacy, they are less likely to stay active for life.’

Matthew, who was a professional basket player for nine years, said: ‘The benefits of Physical Literacy aren’t limited to physical health. It also improves academic performance, cognitive skills, mental health, psychological wellness, social skills, and healthy lifestyle habits. Thus, all children should master fundamental movement skills and develop physical literacy.

Let Me Play is also focusing on boosting teacher confidence in teaching PE and sport. The physical literacy programme includes:

  • Lesson plans that can be used for all age groups.
  • Assessment sheets for use at the start and at the end of the course to track improvement.
  • Speed, agility and quickness work-out cards which can be used to measure improvement.
  • Esteem questionnaires which are used to put each pupil in a positive frame of mind at the start of the course.
  • Stories, action songs and rhymes to accompany the exercises.
  • Exercises and teaching resources

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