Skills at Home
Introduction to Skills at Home
Children, especially young children, love to move. They enjoy crawling, jumping, hopping, rolling, balancing, catching, kicking, running and many other activities. There is a widespread agreement that skilfulness, the ability to perform fundamental and sports-related motor skills, is an important requirement for adopting a physically active lifestyle. To enjoy many of the PE lessons, activities and sports participated in by older children and adults, children need a certain level of skilfulness. The ideal time to learn these foundation skills is when children are very young. One of the most important characteristics of motor skills is that once they are learned, they are retained for a lifetime, for example, riding a bike.
As well as PE being taught during school, in after-school sports clubs and at lunchtimes, there are lots activities which all help to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence in developing children’s physically active lifestyles. The importance of physical activity has never been more evident:
The Department for Education (DfE), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), to ongoing collaboration at national level to ensure that sport and physical activity are an integral part of both the school day and after-school activities, so that all children have the opportunity to take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
School Sport and Activity Action Plan (July 2019)
Children today have fewer and fewer opportunities to develop their motor skills on their own. Television viewing, computer games, the internet, phones and tablets and a fear of playing outside combine to mean fewer chances to be physically active. Although there is some evidence that motor skills may develop through informal play, this possibility is becoming less and less probable nowadays. The simple fact is that PE is becoming increasingly important for children because their amount of playtime is severely limited.
Many parents and carers often ask what they can do to help support their child at home in developing their physical skills. Enclosed in the booklet below is a range of motor skill activities that will improve throwing, catching, travelling, volleying, dribbling, jumping and moving to music. These activities are very similar to those taught at school and if children practise these on a regular basis at home will bring about improvements.
Skills at Home Booklet
Most of the activities listed in this booklet are suitable for any children in Nursery up to and including Year 6. Parents and carers can choose to work on the activities in any order they wish as they are split up into different skills.