Giving children the skills to move is as important as the skills needed to read and write. Investing in a child’s physical development will give them confidence in their physical competence and thus encourage and motivate them to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle.
The process of developing fundamental movement skills should begin at an early age - the earlier the better. Formal movement training and motor skill development should begin at the age of 5 and continue throughout the lifetime of the individual, particularly if they take up sport.
The Dynamic Movement Skills™ programme has been researched and tested over many years and is backed up by proven research into the development of children both physically and mentally. DMS primarily stimulates the neural system to build and engrain efficient and fluid movement patterns. For this, reason significant improvement in motor skills and movement patterns can be made in as little as six weeks.
‘How do I teach movement skills to a class of 15 or 30 individuals?’
DMS is unique in the way that it allows children to work as a team whilst encouraging each individual to work at their own pace. Working with up to 4 children on 1 mat, each child works as accurately and as quickly as they can for short bursts. Using the DMS benchmark tests, progress can be tracked by children, teachers and parents.
DMS can be used for a whole PE session or can be integrated into lessons as a warm-up, to teach skills for specific sports or as a fun game to finish off a lesson. DMS isn’t limited to the sports hall; it is great way for kids to move when it is too wet to play outside and it can be integrated into the classroom environment too.