Fundamental Movement Skills Assessment tools

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Some of the assessment tools we have been using for running. Some teachers have found self assessment a great way of allowing children to take ownership of their movement and other teachers are fans of peer assessment in a positive environment.

Junior Infants Athletics

Our Junior Infants classes began to learn the fundamental skills of running, keeping arms straight at a 90 degree angle, looking straight ahead and lifting their knees. Even at this young age, the children realised that they could go faster by incorporating these skills into their running.

Peer assessment for running

The children get a chance to assess their peers which is a great way to boost confidence and really focus on the fundamentals of running. The focus is on what the child is doing well and it also allows the teacher to put more emphasis on a specific teaching point if a trend is noticed in the results. The children also really enjoy this task.


We were lucky to team up with Hockey Ireland to try out their Tricks4Sticks programme for Primary Schools. Classes from 2nd through 6th had the opportunity of completing a 5 week programme in Hockey Skills. The course provided the children with an opportunity to improve lots of their fundamental movement skills, including running, side stepping, dodging and striking with an implement.

The children had a ball with their instructor, Aran who took them through their paces! Huge thanks to Hockey Ireland for selecting our school.


Fundamentals skills of running

Our 5th and 6th classes learned the fundamental skills of running and assessed one another on 4 different areas, landing on the balls of their feet, running with high knees, looking forward at all times and bending their elbows. This was a great physical and mental exercise to challenge the older students to assess where and how they could gather further speed.


Move Well,Move Often

Teachers in Our Lady’s N.S. have received training in ‘Move Well, Move Often’. We are currently implementing the programme across the school. This resource aims to provide a range of tools to support the teacher in teaching fundamental movement skills (FMS) throughout the primary school.

What is Physical Literacy?

“Physical literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”

(Whitehead, 2014)

This PDST PE team have developed a resource to support teachers in developing physically literate children through the lens of Fundamental Movement Skills. This resource, entitled Move Well, Move Often, has been designed to complement the teaching of the Irish Primary School Physical Education (PE) Curriculum and aims to provide a range of tools to support the teacher in teaching fundamental movement skills throughout the primary school. The resource includes a Teachers Guide and three Activity Books. The entire resource, including supplementary materials such as video clips, assessment templates, sample lessons and planning tools are available by clicking on the link below.

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Fundamental Movement Skills

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Our school received the Fit4Class programme resources along with certificates for children who have completed the 10 week programme. We have begun the lessons across all class levels.

Fit4Class is Athletics Ireland’s new 10 week programme that introduces primary school children from junior infants to fourth class to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment. It focuses on the use of games to develop fitness whilst enhancing agility, balance and co-ordination, all fundamental to longer term physical athletic development. Fit4Class rewards students for participating and having fun.

Athletics- Throwing

We have practiced throwing with foam javelins as well as with different sized balls and also items of different weights. The teaching points for throwing are:
1. Hold the object in one hand
2. Eyes focuses on a target throughout the throw
3. Stand side on with non-throwing shoulder towards a target
4. Bring the throwing arm back behind the body, swinging it down and backwards in preparation to throw
5.Step toward a target with the foot of non-throwing side (transferring weight from the back foot to the front foot)
6. Hips then shoulders rotate forwards
7. Throwing arm moves forward, releases the object, the follows through in the direction of a target and down across the body
8. It is good practise to raise non-throwing arm and point it in the direction of a target in the preparation phase, then lower it when throwing


We have made great use of the hurdles to help with our jumping skills for athletics. The hurdles we use are low and safe for children to use.
The key teaching points for jumping are:
1. Eyes focused forward or upwards, head up and back straight throughout the jump
2. Crouch with knees bent and arms behind the body
3. Legs forcefully extend and straighten in the air
4. Arms swing forwards and upwards in time with the legs
5. Arms and legs extend as far as possible in the flight phase
6. Land on both feet with no more than one step in any direction to control landing
7. Ankles knees and hips bend on landing to absorb the shock

Running skills

Children in 4th class using lots of the elements needed for the mastering stage

Elbows bent at 90 degrees

Using our PPSI lesson plans as well as the Fundamental Movement Skills resources and activities,we have been doing a lot of work on our running skills in athletics. The teaching points for running are
1. Hold the head up, stable and eyes looking forward
2. Elbows bent at 90 degress
3. Drive arms backwards and forward vigorously in opposition to the legs
4. High knees lift with the thigh almost parallel to the ground
5. Kick back should be at least 90 degrees
6. Lean slightly forward when accelerating and slightly backwards when slowing down
7. Push off from the ball of the foot and land on the heel of the foot

There are varying levels found between and within classes so each child works on improving their own technique. All skills related to running are taught to children and children are reminded of the different elements frequently.

Classes have completed peer assessment as well as self assessment. This can be achieve even with the junior classes.

Swimming (Ms Frie)

Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are starting swimming lessons for Ms Friel’s First & Second Class from Friday 5th May.

They will take place in Energia, Nutgrove every Friday from 1 –2pm. The group will attend lessons for 4 weeks.

The cost of the lessons is €30.00 per child. Most of the cost of the bus will be subsidised by the school. The swimming lessons will cover P.E. for these four weeks; therefore the children should wear their tracksuits on
this day.

The children will be divided into graded groups – beginners and intermediate / advanced. Each group will have a qualified instructor.

Each child must have swimming costume (one piece girls), goggles, swimming hat and towel.

We are very pleased to be able to offer swimming lessons to our pupils. We hope it will be an enjoyable and beneficial activity.

Thank you

Ms Friel