Fundamental Motor Skills: A Manual for Classroom Teachers

Jeff Walkley, Bernie V Holland, Rose Treloar, Justen O'Connor

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The role of physical education in the school curriculum is to help students develop the competencies and beliefsnecessary for incorporating regular physical activity into their lives. Through involvement in a well-taught physical education program, students can achieve physical and personal benefits.
An important part of a comprehensive physical education program is instruction in fundamental motor skills. Fundamental motor skills, such as the run, leap, catch and overhand throw, form the building blocks which underpin the learning of more complicated sport and movement skills common to the community. Without fundamental motor skill competence, students are less likely to learn related sport and movement skills.
Fundamental motor skill competence has been shown to influence students in many ways. Students who have achieved fundamental motor skill competence have been found to successfully participate in a range of sports and movement activities and maintain involvement during childhood and adolescence. Regular involvement in sport and movement activities lead to gains in health-related physical fitness. How students feel about themselves can be influenced by their physical skills. Students who have achieved fundamental motor skill competence have been found to perceive themselves as being competent, socially accepted and to have a positive attitude towards physical activity. In essence, fundamental motor skill competence assists in preparing students for a healthy lifestyle.
The research for this manual was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Education in response to the recognised need to assist primary classroom teachers improve the teaching and learning of fundamental motor skills, particularly for students in the formative years of schooling.This innovative manual has been designed specifically for use by classroom teachers in providing age appropriate skills benchmarks, teaching strategies and checklists.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Dr Jeff Walkley, Dr Bernie Holland, Rose Treloar and Justen O’Connor from the Department of Human Movement Science, RMIT, for their efforts in researching and writing
the manual.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
PublisherVictoria. Department of Education
Number of pages52
ISBN (Print)0730689166
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Fundamental Motor Skill
  • FMS
  • PE
  • Skill
  • Motor learning
  • Motor control
  • Motor Ability

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