Two groups of Childcare learners have been involved in a Welsh Government Physical Literacy programme. Physical Literacy Wales promotes learning through movement and being physically literate; using activity as a way of learning.
Cymoedd tutors Sharon Reed and Ann Parker who teach on the Level 3 Children’s Care Learning and Development and Level 3 Playwork at the Ystrad Mynach campus have been part of the pilot involving ten colleges.
Both Sharon and Ann were eager to be part of the pilot as they have always had an interest in having a healthy lifestyle and being physically active. Ann commented “A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and vice versa. Physical Literacy allows learners to have a positive mindset to learn and hopefully that will develop into an interest in sport. I wanted the learners to develop a ‘have a go’ attitude which will give them confidence to try new things – it builds resilience and takes away the fear of trying”.
Learners at the Ystrad Mynach campus have used the campus to build in physical activity including walking and use of the gym. Despite their initial apprehension they have enjoyed the activities and will benefit from achieving the Playmaker Award at the end of the project, which they can use in their chosen employment.
Sharon added” The learners have experienced some great opportunities during the pilot; taking part in Ultimate Frizbee, organised by the Wales Girls’ Football Academy at the Centre of Excellence, trampolining in caves in North Wales and a fun filled game of Bubble Football – enjoyed by all.
It would be great if Physical Literacy could be built into the curriculum for learners to have as part of their employability skills; having the confidence and knowledge to deliver Physical Literacy in their future employment will prove valuable”.
The college will offer additional Physical Literacy sessions through next year’s weekly Boost Programme. This will give the learners the opportunity to acquire Physical Literacy skills and enjoy movement and activity.