Posted: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:47
A new digital app is designed to equip primary school teachers with better skills to improve children's movement and help them to become active for life has been launched.
Designed by a project team formed of academics from Sheffield Hallam University and international experts, and funded/part-developed by national children's charity the Youth Sport Trust, the 'Start to Move' assessment app will equip teachers with the techniques and confidence to assess fundamental movement skills, like running, catching and balancing, in four to seven-year-olds.
The project team spoke to primary school teachers about how they would like the app to work, consulted international experts around what movement should be assessed and trialled earlier versions of the app in schools across the country.
As a result, the project team built the app using interactive, iPad technology, to provide crucial, user-friendly, information relating to the child's movement competence that can be accessed by teachers, pupils and their parents.
The app was designed after the Youth Sport Trust developed and delivered the 'Start to Move' one-day, teacher-training course. Since 2011, the course has been delivered to over 7,000 primary school teachers and 4,200 trainee teachers involved in primary school PE lessons, which has helped to encourage nearly half a million four to seven-year-olds to stay active throughout their life.
The course gives teachers the competence and confidence to teach children the fundamental movement skills which are necessary for their active participation in sport and physical activity for life.
To access the Start to Move Movement Assessment Tool App for iPad, go to the app store.
Source: (Youth Sport Trust, 2017)