Balancing and Moving in Room 9

What is PMP?

Room 9 has been chosen to trial an RTLB supported programme called PMP or  perceptual-motor program with the idea, if successful, to start in the junior school in 2022. 

PMP is a movement class for junior students. It’s typically run by a  classroom teacher and is conducted once or twice a week.  Its aim is to improve the children's fitness, balance, hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, and self-confidence. The program also seeks to build an understanding of spatial concepts such as in, on, under, over, through, behind, in front of, and between.



What are Gross Motor Skills?

Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscles in our bodies such as our torso, arms, and legs. Students at school use them when doing everyday activities such as running, skipping, climbing, and jumping. They use them when throwing and catching a ball, going up and down stairs, pumping on a swing, and riding a bicycle. Strong gross motor skills are critical for the healthy development of children both physically, emotionally, and cognitively. They also help build self-confidence. One of the main goals of a perceptual-motor program is promoting gross motor development.



Why do PMP? 

Research has shown that children are increasingly sedentary. 

When a child grapples with doing basic feats such as running across the playground, skipping, throwing a ball, or climbing a tree, their self-esteem can take a major hit. Conversely, when they perform them with grace, they feel empowered and eager to take on new challenges. A perceptual-motor program is a vital way to enhance their gross motor skills while simultaneously boosting their self-confidence.



How Does PMP Benefit Kids Physically, Cognitively and Emotionally?

  • Research shows that children with adequate perceptual-motor skills have more self-confidence, greater body awareness, and improved coordination.

  • Physical activity builds neural pathways—the connections by which information travels through the brain. A child whose brain has more neural pathways will learn more easily.

  • Perceptual-motor programs strengthen bilateral coordination—the ability to coordinate both sides of the body at the same time in an organized way. Bilateral coordination is a necessary skill at school. Students write their names with one hand while stabilizing the paper with the other. They hold scissors in one hand while turning the paper with the other. They guide a pencil with one hand while keeping a ruler steady with the other.

  • All communication skills including speaking, reading, writing, and gesturing are motor based.

  • New research in education and psychology shows a close relationship between a child's perception (ability to process what they  take in through their  senses and their  motor skills.

Hazel,  I think rolling on the mats is really fun.

Lachlan,  I liked rocking on the seesaw with my friend

Heath,  I liked counting how many times I could catch my bouncing ball.

Titus,  I liked the moon hoppers because you can bounce on them.



Keywords:  Perceptual movement, gross motor skills, coordination, spatial concepts, cognitive

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