Physical literacy is the outcome of a structured primary PE and school sport offer and provides the underpinning foundation necessary for prolonged engagement in sport and physical activity.
It is now well understood that an optimum window of opportunity exists early in a child's development where they are most receptive to the development of movement skills. It is generally accepted that these skills do not appear naturally but are highly influenced by opportunities for learning.This process starts at around 2 years of age and reaches maturity between 10-12yrs and it is important that children break through the proficiency barrier at this time.
Developing an understanding of the fundamentals of movement and aptitude in the basic movement skills leads to a perception of competency in movement settings that has a positive impact on self-esteem. In turn this develops overall confidence and motivation to persevere with tasks and approach new opportunities with enthusiasm.
In addition, there is increasing evidence supporting the link between physical activity and cognition, learning and behaviour. Research consistently demonstrates that the development of postural control, hand-eye coordination and object manipulation has a positive effect on the concentration and motor function required for reading, writing and drawing.