Learning to Move and Moving to Learn – Physical Literacy at School
Leah Yardley BSc. Kin., CSEP-CEP
University of Calgary, Be Fit For Life Centre
We know that learning to move, through the development of fundamental movement skills and exploration of movement in various environments, helps us to develop physical literacy – but did you know that movement can help improve academic performance?
There is plenty of research that shows a positive relationship between physical activity and learning. Regular bouts of physical activity throughout the school day prepares the brain for learning by improving cognitive function, attention and concentration and can improve test scores and academic behaviors.
Additionally, schools that adopt regular physical activity breaks and interventions tend to have lower behavioral incidences and less bullying. Being creative and incorporating physical activity throughout the day at school is a simple way to not only enhance learning but also a great way to support a positive school environment and of course, contributes to long term health benefits – a win-win all around!
Visit https://activeforlife.com/dont-walk-in-the-hallway-decals/ to read about a great physical literacy and activity intervention at Panorama Hills School in Calgary.
Submitted April 23, 2018 by Kayla Repas, Dip Exs Sci, CSEP – Certified Personal Trainer