Physical activity enhances a child's overall development | Portsmouth High School

Physical activity enhances a child’s overall development

Many of us will have plans to do something physical over the half term break. It might be walking, cycling or simply visiting a location with a pool where we can exercise whilst enjoying a holiday. Our children are likely to be the most active and one of the reasons we take a break is so that we can see them thrive as they explore their surroundings.

Young children have the most to gain. Early physical development is generated through their discovery and curiosity. A new study reported in Education News suggests that there is a concerning amount of today’s four year olds who have not developed the physical readiness to start school. In the review a third of the sample displayed a lack of the usual motor skills and reflexes associated with children of that age.

Dr Rebecca Duncombe, leader of the study, suggested “a child’s physical development level impacts their ability to

complete simple tasks such as sitting still, holding a pencil, putting on their shoes, and especially reading – all skills essential for school.”

The change is blamed on a lack of activity at a very young age which means key physical stages are not reached as quickly. This could be due to excessive use of digital technology by the child or by the parents who do not then interact properly, something I covered in last week’s Update.

The girls that join our school do not fit into this group. But it is an area where we can play our part as a school. The environment we have at Dovercourt is ideal for developing all of these areas and we work hard to use it as an extra classroom throughout the school week. They are constantly active at all ages and this is an integral part of our approach.