Years 6 to 8 Helping hands

Keeping Fit

Physical fitness is crucial for raising healthy, happy children with physical confidence.

Playing games in teams or with others encourages sharing, turn taking and negotiation skills. Team games help children learn to socialise with others successfully and can influence their moral development.

Individual competition can foster self-confidence, persistence and a sense of personal achievement. It allows children to work towards and achieve success in personal goals.

It is important for children to learn how to lose gracefully, how to handle anger and frustration in sport, and how to be ‘a good sport’.

We, as adults, can model good behaviour in these areas when we teach sport or physical fitness.

Working on physical fitness can:

  • improve your child’s strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • improve their overall health and resistance to illness.
  • help progress in many subjects, enhance mood and attention to tasks.
  • allow children to release stress and anxiety, and can improve their self-esteem.

Many doctors say that children should exercise at a good level of intensity for at least 30 minutes to one hour per day.

Help your child to focus on learning and applying a range of gross motor skills such as throwing and catching, hand eye co-ordination and hitting a ball with a bat, body in space skills, balance and coordination skills.

It is most important that your child is encouraged during these activities and is entertained by the activities: physical exercise should be fun and seen as an important and ongoing life skill.