Pupils enjoy movement skills day

Connor Still (8), of North East Valley School, is a pirate captain in ‘‘Battleship’’, an activity...
Connor Still (8), of North East Valley School, is a pirate captain in ‘‘Battleship’’, an activity designed to develop ball-throwing, team-building and physical co-ordination. Photos: Peter McIntosh
Luiz Lazaro (8), of North East Valley School, triumphantly holds aloft a rubber frog he  used to ...
Luiz Lazaro (8), of North East Valley School, triumphantly holds aloft a rubber frog he used to ‘‘burst a bubble’’ by throwing the frog into one of several rubber hoops.
Daniel Hill (6), of North East Valley School, shouts his joy at having done well in a tagging game.
Daniel Hill (6), of North East Valley School, shouts his joy at having done well in a tagging game.

Local primary school pupils have been enjoying a chance to try different sport and games skills.

Almost 500 5 to 8-year-olds from about a dozen schools around Dunedin had  fun  at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday playing games designed to improve their physical skills.

Sport Otago hosted the Fundamental Movement Skills Fun Day, where each group of children spent an hour taking part in seven different games and activities, supervised by Kaikorai Valley College pupils.

"We wouldn’t be able to run it without the Kaikorai pupils," organiser Kerri Maclennan said.

The secondary pupils helped and encouraged the young participants through the various activities and as they moved from one game or activity to another.

Ms Maclennan, fundamental skills adviser to Sport Otago, described fundamental skills as "the building blocks for movement".

They were the skills children needed to participate successfully in all types of games, physical activity and sports, and could be broken down into three categories, stability, locomotor and manipulative.

By developing their fundamental movement skills, children established a sound base for sport skills such as throwing, catching, hopping, jumping, running and kicking.

Each group of children played a game or activity for six minutes before a loud blast on a horn signalled them to move to the next one.

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