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Physical Literacy

Being physically literate allows an individual to not only be physically competent but to understand, enjoy and value physical activity.  It will also help them to take responsibility for their own health and well-being, which can lead to lifelong healthy choices.
Physical literacy is a disposition acquired by human individuals encompassing the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding that establishes purposeful physical pursuits as an integral part of their lifestyleLen Almond and Margaret Whitehead
Everyone can be physically literate.  Essential to this is the motivation to be active through positive and enjoyable experiences; therefore, it is vital that early years practitioners and parents provide these positive experiences.  As all children have individual needs and interests, it is important to ensure that their personal physical literacy journey is catered for.

Three Questions to Remember:


1. Are all children enjoying the activity?

Would you be more likely to continue to do something that you enjoy?
Some children will be happy to do anything active, however some children might be more reluctant.  Ensuring children enjoy the activities they partake in will create a positive attitude toward being active.


2. Are all children able to do the activity?

Would you be more likely to continue to do something if you can do it or excel at it?
It can be very soul-destroying not being able to complete a task or struggling to keep up with your peers, hence, ensure you provide activities and use differentiation to help children achieve.


3. Do the children understand what is happening to their bodies?

Would you be more likely to continue to do something if you know it is good for you?
We might be more inclined to continue with something that is good for us, however we will be more likely to continue something if it is combined with one or both of the above.  Teaching children about the positive impacts of physical activity on our bodies can lead to lifelong healthy choices.