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Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are like the ABCs of physical activity for kids. They are the basic building blocks that children need to develop, like running, jumping, and throwing, setting the stage for a lifetime of active and enjoyable movement.


What are Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)?

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are basic physical skills that are essential for a child's overall development and physical literacy.

These skills include running, jumping, throwing, catching, and balancing. Mastering these fundamental skills lays the foundation for more complex and specialized movements in various sports and physical activities.

In Dr. Graham Dodd's Fundamental Movement Skill series, he tailors FMS using an Educational Gymnastics approach.

Why are Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) important for children?

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are crucial for the holistic development of children for several reasons:

Physical Development: FMS lay the foundation for more complex movements and physical activities. Mastering basic skills like running, jumping, throwing, and catching enhances a child's overall physical abilities, including coordination, balance, agility, and strength. In the Fundamental Movement Skills series by Dr. Graham Dodd, we explore all of these movements in an aged based Educational Gymnastics approach.

Social Development: FMS contribute to social development by enabling children to participate in sports and physical play with their peers. This engagement helps build teamwork, cooperation, and communication skills and positive social interactions. Our lesson plans enhance these with lesson 5's focus on partners and teamwork.

Confidence and Self-Esteem: Successfully acquiring fundamental movement skills boosts a child's confidence and self-esteem. As they master these skills, children feel more competent and are more likely to explore new physical challenges and activities.

Cognitive Benefits: Physical activity, including the development of FMS, has been linked to cognitive benefits. It can improve concentration, attention span, and overall cognitive function, positively influencing academic performance. This is further explored in the Brain Science section in Dr. Dodd's Fundamental Movement Skills F-2.

Why is brain science and movement crucial for a child's development?

The integration of brain science and movement in a child's development is crucial for creating a well-rounded and healthy individual. By understanding the interplay between the brain and physical activity, caregivers, educators, and parents can create environments that optimize a child's potential for cognitive, emotional and physical well-being.

Do our lesson plans include brain science and fundamental movement skills?

Dr. Graham Dodd has crafted lessons that align with brain science methods and fundamental movement skills using an Educational Gymnastics Approach.

Dr. Graham Dodd

Graham Dodd is passionate about revolutionizing Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. From sparking inspiration at Unley HS to steering ACHPER as National Secretary-Treasurer, Graham's commitment runs deep. He co-founded Kindergym Australia, sparked the Jump Rope for Heart movement, and at UniSA, reshaped PE and Human Movement/Exercise Science degrees. A visionary in curriculum development, he authored the South Australian Curriculum Frameworks for HPE. As an ACHPER Fellow and Life Member, Graham's zeal for human motion radiates in his vibrant presentations at global conferences. In 2006, he proudly clinched the Carrick Award for University Teaching, cementing his legacy as an outstanding educator.

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Paul Bowyer

Paul Bowyer, a Maths teacher and Mobile Mathematician and based in Sydney, Australia.

After a career in the IT industry, Paul started teaching Maths in 2014. He uses innovative teaching techniques to connect Mathematics to the world around us.

Heather Mooney

Heather has been a prominent figure in the realms of child movement and gymnastics, notably co-creating Kindergym Australia. Her unwavering dedication extends beyond teaching, encompassing a profound commitment to both gymnastics and early childhood development. Through her efforts, she has played a pivotal role in shaping programs that not only enhance physical activity but also contribute to the holistic growth of young children.