Physical evaluation and intervention of primary school children in Leicestershire, UK
ISPAH ePoster Library. Pearson A. Oct 16, 2018; 225060; 265
Mr. Alan Pearson
Mr. Alan Pearson
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Abstract The implicit aim of the programme is to introduce children of primary school age to movement exercises that will improve their movement skills, co-ordination, agility and reflexes and increase their activity levels. It has been designed to improve movement skills of children in Foundation and Key Stage one. The providers anticipate that a range of potential benefits may occur including:• Body measurements • Physical movement ability• Confidence/enjoyment• Behaviour• Academic improvement Other intended impacts are:• To create a positive experience of physical activity and movement • To improve participants’ confidence as well as sporting abilities• To gain the interest and understanding of significant adults (e.g. teachers, parents, carers who are in a position to enable the child’s physical development through skill mastery).The evaluationThis evaluation comprises two parts. Firstly, it seeks to ascertain whether participants show an improvement in motor skills proficiency based on tests taken before and after their participation in the SAQ programme. It also compares the post participation results with those of children from matched schools who have not taken part in the SAQ skills training. Significant improvements were made in all intervention group physical evaluation tests. No significant improvements were made with controlled schools in all physical evaluations tests.Legacy findings 87.5% of the 72 initial respondents expected an increase in level of pupil engagement in physical movement activity. In summary, these results show that participants who took part in the SAQ programme outperformed the control group on all tests.
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