This October, due to demand, the PDST are delighted to offer this Physical Literacy seminar again to those schools that were unavailable to attend last year. This will be a repeat of the seminar that was offered in Term 2 of the last school year. Please note, the next phase of this training - Physical Literacy Seminar 4 - will take place in 2020.
In 2017, the PDST were delighted to offer full day seminars in Physical Literacy through Fundamental Movement Skills, focusing in particular on locomotor skills. Research shows that being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned Fundamental Movement Skills which are the basic building blocks of movement and are an essential part of everyday life and recreational activity. It is only when these skills are mastered that a child can go on to develop specialised movement skills, which will allow them to reach their potential in sports-specific endeavours.
The second phase of this professional development in Physical Literacy took place in 2018. This seminar revised the concept of physical literacy and revisited the locomotor skills explored in Seminar 1 before moving the focus to the stability skills of Landing and Balancing in all areas of the PE curriculum, and in particular through the Gymnastics and Dance strands.
This third phase of these seminars began in the Spring and will continue to take place this October. Participants will revise the concept of physical literacy, paying particular attention to the locomotor and stability skills explored in seminars 1 and 2. Seminar 3 will focus on manipulative skills, through the Games strand of the curriculum. The wide range of activities, supplementary support materials and templates for planning and assessment that are presented in our comprehensive resource and online at www.scoilnet.ie/pdst/physlit , will also be explored on the day.
The purpose of the seminar is to
● demonstrate the PDST’s Move Well, Move Often Physical Literacy resource pack through active participation
● upskill participants in using Fundamental Movement Skills as a lens for developing Physical Literacy through the PE curriculum
● enable participants to support other teachers in their school using the PDST Physical Literacy resource pack
Attendees will need to be suitably dressed to participate in activities.
Please note that Gaelscoileanna and Scoileanna sa Ghaeltacht will shortly receive this letter ‘as Gaeilge’ inviting them to attend the same session delivered ‘as Gaeilge’. Such schools are welcome to attend either version.
You are invited to nominate two teachers from your school to attend this seminar. It is not necessary to have attended Seminar 1 and Seminar 2 in order to attend Seminar 3, all are welcome. The Department of Education and Skills will provide substitute cover where required.Download brochure here