Athletics and the FUNdamentals

The children in Primary 2, 3 and 4 have been focusing one of their three PE lessons a week on athletic movements and something called FUNdamentals. It’s an opportunity for their P.E. teacher to look at the basic movement skills that we take for granted and improve the biomechanics of the movements and actions. Movement skills such as running/jogging, sprinting, jumping, hoping, side-stepping, dodging, etc. One of the reasons for doing this is that these basic movement skills underpin all the movements and actions that take place in most other sporting and leisure activities. For example, children need to run and sprint in most physical/sporting activities, but when do we ever consider how to run properly, effectively and with purpose? In the running example, the children have been actively looking at the role of the head, arms, core and legs. The importance of the feet is also examined. Improving techniques not only helps performance in other areas but has the additional advantage of reducing injury.

The FUNdamentals approach examines the key areas of: Agility, Balance, Coordination, Power, Quickness (specific), Speed (general) and Reaction-Time. As the term suggests, the idea is that many of these skills are taught using fun games and activities, and is so often the case, the children learn best when ‘doing’, and are learning so much without realising it.

Well done to the P2, 3 and 4 classes – perhaps you could challenge your child to a race? But, don’t worry if you lose… they have been taught well!