What is Physical Literacy?

Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value
and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.

To learn more about Physical Literacy go to: www.physicalliteracy.ca.


What is Physical Literacy?

For kids to get physically active, they need to feel confident in activity settings. That confidence stems from having learned fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills – physical literacy – as a child. Just as learning the alphabet is necessary to read, the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills is critical if children are to feel good about physical activity.

Physical Literacy is the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to move confidently and with control in a wide range of physical activity situations. It supports long-term participation and performance to the best of one’s ability.

Children should learn fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills in each of the four basic environments:

• On the ground – as the basis for most games, sports, dance and physical activities.

• In the water – as the basis for all aquatic activities.

• On snow and ice – as the basis for all winter sliding activities.

• In the air – basis for gymnastics, diving and other aerial activities.

A great physical literacy resource for parents is http://activeforlife.com/. There are articles, activity ideas, information and games that will help your child develop physical literacy.

The Myth That It “Just Happens”

Although many children develop good physical skills on their own, there are many who do not. Physically skilled children often enjoy vigorous healthy play, while the less skilled are often left out. This can lead to decreased effort and eventual withdrawal from physical activities.

Being active can help young kids:Kid1

–          Maintain a healthy body weight

–          Improve movement skills

–          Increase fitness

–          Build healthy hearts

–          Have fun and feel happy

–          Develop self-confidence

–          Improve learning and attention


Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years) www.csep.ca/guidelines

Physical Literacy Definition http://canadiansportforlife.ca/what-physical-literacy-0


PISE and Physical Literacy

PISE takes the concept of Physical Literacy and develops fun, games, play and activity based programs around the fundamental movement skills. PISE’s goal is to create a Physically Literate Community through providing opportunity and access to Physical Literacy programming for all aspects of society through our facility, schools and community centres.

To see PISE Physical Literacy Programs, please click here: PISE Kids Programs

For PISE Camps, please click here: PISE Camps

To meet the PISE Physical Literacy Team, please click here: Physical Literacy Team