Physical Literacy

Students practice hopping course

Students practice hopping course

Shape America states

“The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.”

Physical and Health Education Canada defines physical literacy as:

Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.


Wikipedia defines physical literacy as:

Physical literacy is a fundamental and valuable human capability that can be described as 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.[1]

The fundamental and significant aspects of physical literacy[2] are:


Here is a 3 minute movie that was Published on Mar 16, 2012 and created by the Canadian Sport for Life Alberta Community Recreation & Sport Work Group as part of a project funded by the Alberta Sport Recreation Parks and Wildlife Foundation to promote Physical Literacy and the Canadian Sport for Life Movement.
My personal favorite is from Wikipedia “the disposition is evidenced by a love of being active, born out of the pleasure and satisfaction individuals experience in participation.”

One response to “Physical Literacy

  1. Great post, Lynn! PE is not just sports, but letting children of all abilities find success in some form of movement so they will stay active for life. I enjoyed the video.

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