Physical literacy has been around since the 1990s. However, due to the ongoing challenges of inactivity and obesity, combined with the effect of Covid on children’s physical and mental health, physical literacy has become increasingly important in current policy around health and education.
The International Physical Literacy Association gives the following definition for physical literacy:
“Physical literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” (IPLA, 2017)
Physical literacy is therefore a ‘lifelong journey’, unique to the child. It enables a child to develop a lifelong love of movement and harvest all the benefits that physical learning can bring.
So how does school orienteering and outdoor learning contribute to the physical literacy journey for our young people?
Motivation – Orienteering can be positive and rewarding for all children. It involves a very inclusive type of physical activity, in which all children can participate, including those who have difficulty engaging in traditional sports. Courses can be adapted to be inclusive for all abilities and ages, which will contribute to the varied range of physical challenges and experiences which should be included within a school’s curriculum.
Confidence – Because orienteering is so inclusive, all children can make progress from their own level, experience success and gain confidence in their physical abilities, and problem-solving skills. Through teamwork, children develop their own leadership skills as well as confidence in others.
Physical Competence – Providing a purpose and incentive for running, orienteering is uniquely well-placed to motivate children to develop physical attributes such as stamina, speed and agility.
Knowledge and Understanding – Orienteering can support children’s wider cognitive development, such as problem-solving-, planning and evaluating their performance, as well as helping children to develop an understanding of basic map reading and navigation.
Physical Activity for Life – Orienteering can be used to deliver learning across the whole curriculum. It helps to extend children’s physical activity beyond PE and games lessons and encourages children to see it as an essential part of everyday life. The fitness and stamina that orienteering develops, together with map reading and navigational skills, create the foundation for children to take part in a wide range of physical activities later in their lives.
Physical literacy focuses on ensuring activity is purposeful, engaging, relevant and rewarding. School orienteering and outdoor learning through Enrich Education has the potential to create a wide variety of physical challenges in which all children are motivated to take part and enjoy, developing new skills, knowledge and understanding. It can therefore help schools ensure that all children get off to successful first steps along their physical literacy journeys.
Emma McKenzie-Hogg is the Development Manager for Primary at the Youth Sport Trust had these thoughts:
‘Given the impact of the pandemic on children’s attitudes towards, and related decline in physical activity levels, embracing all that outdoor learning and orienteering offers in providing purposeful, engaging relevant and rewarding experiences, will only enhance the physical literacy journey for all’
For further information about physical literacy, visit the International Physical Literacy Association website https://www.physical-literacy.org.uk/
To find out about the school orienteering and cross-curricular outdoor learning packages available through Enrich Education contact us now.
As the use of Quidditch in schools and Physical Education lessons is becoming more and more prominent throughout the United Kingdom, we thought it would be relevant to create a blog surrounding the benefits of facilitating P.E lessons with sports such as Quidditch.
Physical Education in school is one of the most powerful ways to assist with present and future health issues for your pupils – both mentally and physically. Here are just a few benefits:
Improved Physical Fitness
As the most prominent and obvious benefit – the use of physical activities throughout the curriculum help to improve your student’s overall current physical fitness. Ensuring that children are physically fit from a young age can help prevent future health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and high blood pressure – so it is important to create healthy habits early on within your pupil’s lives.
Teaches Self Discipline
Most people see PE as a way to ensure that students are kept physically healthy – but it also teaches them many lessons which can be converted into real-life scenarios when they grow up. Self-discipline is one of the most important skills to have – especially when revising for exams and working full time as an adult. Physical Education helps to teach this.
Improves leadership skills and goal setting
Alike to self-discipline, it is extremely important to teach your pupils good leadership skills to prepare them for their future in the world of work. Allocating team captains for sports such as Quidditch can help pupils learn to work with small groups and assist them to complete a common task (for example, score a goal). This is the same for other important skills such as communication, goal setting and working as a team.
Everyone knows that education, lessons and exams can cause mass amounts of the stress of students of a certain age – especially in high school. Encouraging fun in sports-related environments can help to give them a break from the school-related stress that they may be feeling throughout the day and give them a fun and healthy outlet for this.
Finally, one of the most important benefits of Physical Education is teaching your students respect. This includes respect for their personal physical and mental health – as well as respect for your classmates/teammates which can be reciprocated in other social and working environments.
At Enrich Education we encourage children to achieve through learning, to gain recognition for their achievements and to raise their aspirations to succeed in the future. We believe children should be involved in learning in its broadest sense, both inside and outside the classroom if they are to achieve their potential.
For more information on you can involve your school and help increase the level of education for your pupils contact us today at www.enricheducationuk.com or contact us directly at 0151 489 1123.
The Enrich Education ‘Physical Phonics’ webinars provided the participants with guidance and practical ideas on how to use physical activity to enhance their school’s delivery of phonics.
The webinar recordings covers a number of sessions that can be adapted to support and enhance a variety of phonics areas within school. The resources contain sample sessions from the ‘Physical Phonics Resource Pack’ and details on how to deliver fun, engaging, safe sessions..
We hope that you can utilise the session ideas and resources and that it can be easily adapted to your setting. Below are links to the webinar recording and also the presentation containing resources.
Enrich EducatioEnrich Education has created a FREE Quidditch Activity Pack that can be used in school or at home. The pack is filled with a variety of different fun and engaging cross-curricular sessions for children from KS1 through to KS3
The activity pack features individual and team-based Quidditch challenges, (Active stories) take out? P.E session plans that are linked to passages in the novels, and also some art-based activities.
To download the free World Book Day activity pack please click the link below
Orienteering combines physical activity, map reading and problem-solving. Participants use a map to navigate between a series of ‘control points’. There are a great many alternative routes that can be followed, even on a simple orienteering map with a relatively small number of ‘control points’.
Where can you do orienteering?
Although orienteering is often associated with the ‘Great Outdoors’, the school and its surrounding grounds are an excellent place to introduce orienteering. Enrich Education provide all the infrastructure – high-quality orienteering markers, bespoke maps of the school site, advice and guidance, comprehensive staff training – to enable schools to establish orienteering as an essential and sustainable part of school life.
Why introduce orienteering to your school?
Orienteering is a great way to get children active and outdoors, benefiting both their physical and mental wellbeing. In addition to the physical challenge, children develop map reading skills, such as directional language and interpreting symbols and keys. Orienteering involves a significant element of problem-solving and also helps children to develop communication and team-working skills.
Orienteering across the curriculum:
As well as a fantastic way to enhance a school’s PE and Games offer, orienteering provides great opportunities to enhance learning across the whole curriculum. Enrich Education’s ‘Orienteering and Outdoor Learning Hub’ gives schools access to over 200 learning activities, directly linked to the Maths, English, Phonics, Science, Geography and PE/Games (OAA) National Curriculum. Easy to follow activity plans and resources provide teachers with everything they need to use their school’s orienteering maps and markers to deliver fun, active, and imaginative learning activities across the whole curriculum. The unique letter and number combinations on the 15 Enrich Orienteering Markers ensure that there is limitless capacity for using a school’s orienteering infrastructure in cross-curricular learning. The 10 Phonics and Number Control Markers provide additional opportunities to embed active learning into maths and English at EYFS/KS1. Finally, schools can use the set of 10 Interactive Markers to create bespoke courses and activities and their QR code technology offers learning opportunities linked to events and celebrations e.g. World Book Day.
Getting started with orienteering:
Enrich Education’s cartography team works with the school to create a range of professional and high-quality maps, specific to the school’s grounds. The process starts with a remote ‘walk around’ of the site to identify the best locations for control markers and any special requirements and features the school would like to be included or excluded. This short meeting provides everything needed to create a set of high quality, bespoke digital maps. Schools can access all their bespoke maps via the secure account page on the Enrich School Orienteering and Outdoor Learning Hub. All Enrich markers are made from high-quality aluminium composite panels, ensuring that they are exceptionally hard-wearing and sustainable. Enrich Education’s comprehensive training package, which schools can access online, or have delivered on-site, is endorsed by 1st4Sport. This CPD provides all staff with the confidence and knowledge to ensure that orienteering can be fully utilised throughout the school and across the whole curriculum.
PE and sport premium, 2021/22: The recent government commitment to maintain the £320 million PE and Sports Premium, together with the agreement for schools to carry over any unspent grant, offers a fantastic opportunity for schools to introduce orienteering for 2021/22. Orienteering fits perfectly with the main objectives of the grant, including:
extending the range of sports and physical activities offered at the school
providing new ways to involve and engage the least active pupils
encouraging active play during break times, lunch times and through extra-curricular activities
embedding physical activity within the school day, with active lessons and active teaching
providing staff with professional development to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
For more information and to book a short 1 : 1 Demo with one of the team and qualify for exclusive DISCOUNT across our Orienteering and Outdoor Learning Packages.