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What is Physical Literacy?

Physical Literacy is as important a skill as Reading and Writing.  When a child is learning to read they first learn words such as cat, sat, mat.  Similarly as a child learns physical skills they learn skills such as how to run, jump, throw and balance.  Children then string words together into sentences and read them.  In the same way, physical skills are linked together to create movement phrases in order to perform activities such as riding a bike, swimming or performing the long jump.


In recognition of the school’s continued commitment to high quality PE & School Sport; Sports Wales and the PESS team have identified us as having the skills and experience to become a high quality Physical Literacy provider within the region.


The Welsh Government is committed to making “physical literacy as important a skill as reading and writing”.  To enable this, PESS have built a highly skilled workforce of Physical Literacy Leaders to develop physically literate pupils within their own school, as well as providing support to other schools within the region.  Mr Davies has been chosen to lead this exciting new project on behalf of Pencoed Primary School.  


Physical Literacy as defined by Margaret Whitehead (2012) is “a disposition acquired by human individuals encompassing the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding that establishes purposeful physical pursuits as an integral part of their lifestyle.”