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Fundamental Motor Skills

Fundamental motor skill (FMS) competence has been shown to influence students in many ways. Students who have achieved fundamental motor skill competence have been found to successfully participate in a range of sports and movement activities and maintain involvement during childhood and adolescence.

Regular involvement in sport and movement activities leads to gains in health-related physical fitness. How students feel about themselves can be influenced by their physical skills. Students who have achieved fundamental motor skill competence have been found to perceive themselves as being competent, socially accepted and to have a positive attitude towards physical activity. In essence, fundamental motor skill competence assists in preparing students for a healthy lifestyle.

This view is affirmed in the report, Sport Education (Victorian Ministry of Education, 1987), where physical education is characterised as the “foundation stone” on which an effective sport education program can be built.

What are the fundamental motor skills?

Fundamental motor skills are common motor activities with specific observable patterns. Most skills used in sports and movement activities are advanced versions of fundamental motor skills.

There are 10 fundamental motor skills taught at Flora Gardens. Below is a diagram showing all of the fundamental motor skills and how they are introduced, refined and then mastered depending on the age and year group of the pupils. 

Upper Key Stage 2

Once pupils get to UKS2, they then move to sport specific PE lessons. A range sports on the curriculum are: Basketball, Dodgeball, Athletics, Cricket, Football, Tag Rugby. Pupils have the option to feedback what they are being taught through pupil voice and questionnaires. 

Gymnastics and Dance

All pupils from Nursery to Year 6 are taught a 12 week block of Gymnastics from Autumn 2 – Spring 1. The British Gymnastics curriculum delivered, allows pupils to explore different ways of travelling, rolling, balancing, jumping and landing.

The Dance curriculum allows pupils to discover their creative side through different ways of moving to a beat and piecing together a routine. The theme for each class is dependent on their class topic and is a nice addition to inspire and enthuse pupils.