In a recent study, Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences tested foundation stage children from different schools, finding that 90% showed a degree of movement difficulty, with many experiencing problems with balance and co-ordination which are impacting their ability to learn in class. They also found that up to 30% of children are starting school with symptoms generally associated with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
Gross motor skills are those which require whole body movement and which involve the large (core) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing, walking, running, and sitting upright. It also includes eye-hand co-ordination skills such as throwing, catching, kicking. These are crucial for everyday self care skills like dressing, where you need to be able to stand on one leg to put your pants, socks, trousers or tights on without falling over!
Core strength is essential for a child to maintain table top posture, which affects their ability to utilise fine motor skills such as writing, drawing and cutting as well as sitting upright to attend to class instruction, which then impacts on their academic learning and ability to cope with a full day of school.
We offer detailed information about the effects on child development in our ‘Parachutes and Prosecco’ workshop. Join our workshop or call to find out more – 01455 289 202 / 07841 159 684.