Developing children’s motor skills in the Foundation Phase in Wales to support physical literacy

Wainwright, Nalda and Goodway, Jackie and John, Amanda and Thomas, Kirsty and Piper, Kate and Williams, Kate and Gardener, David (2019) Developing children’s motor skills in the Foundation Phase in Wales to support physical literacy. International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 3 (13). pp. 2-16. ISSN 0300-4279

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Interest has grown internationally in the concept of physical literacy [Dudley, D. 2015. “A Conceptual Model of Observed Physical Literacy.” The Physical Educator 72: 236–260; Edwards, L., A. Bryant, R. Keegan, K. Morgan, and A. Jones. 2017. “Definitions, Foundations and Associations of Physical Literacy: A systematic Review.” Sports Medicine 47 (1): 113–126] acknowledging holistic embodied learning. This notion of embodied learning resonates with the play based approach of the Foundation Phase in Wales for children aged 3–7. With early childhood being the optimum age for developing Fundamental Motor skills, the primary purpose of this paper is to describe a programme (SKIP-Cymru) for developing pupils’ motor skills in the Foundation Phase. Drawing on Successful Kinaesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers (SKIP) [Goodway, J. D., and C. F. Branta. 2003. “Influence of a Motor Skill Intervention on Fundamental Motor Skill Development of Disadvantaged Preschool Children.” Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 74 (1): 36–46] and playful pedagogy [Howard, J., and K. McInnes. 2010. “Thinking Through the Challenge of a Play-based Curriculum, Increasing Playfulness via Co-construction.” In Thinking about play, edited by J. R. Moyles. Berkshire: Open University Press], SKIP-Cymru combines advocacy with leadership, training and mentoring for staff and parental engagement. Early exploratory data from an initial evaluation suggest SKIP-Cymru is a positive experience for staff and parents which improves pupils’ motor competence in both locomotor and object control skills. Limitations of the research design are discussed along with implications for future research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Management and Health > Sport Health and Outdoor Education
Depositing User: Matt Briggs
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2019 08:10
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2023 12:58

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