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Course Ref: SD0223
The FUNdamentally Moving Classroom

3rd July – 18th Aug
20 hours


Have you ever wondered what difference 5 minutes a day can make for your whole school?

During this course you will gain access to a unique school wide programme on physical literacy which not only benefits your pupils’ physical co-ordination and development but also aids academic achievement, sensorimotor development and creative problem-solving skills.

The course examines background research and knowledge surrounding the importance of physical movement within the context of sensorimotor development and physical education. The programme explores the links between P.E. and STEM, explaining how the body works on a musculoskeletal level, with content relating to the strand units ‘Health and Wellbeing’ and ‘Knowing about my Body’ (‘Myself’ strand of the primary SPHE curriculum).

This course would also be of huge benefit to SNAS who could use the programme with their pupils as part of 'brain breaks' from the classroom setting. Although the programme is based on the primary P.E. curriculum it could potentially be implemented in a second level setting especially with children with movement difficulties. 

Course Objectives

On completion of the course participants will have:
  • a greater understanding of the concept of physical literacy and how it can be taught on a daily basis without compromising other curricular areas
  • an awareness of the link between physical activity and academic attainment which will enhance the learning experiences of the pupils and the quality of instruction of the teachers
  • an understanding on how to motivate pupils to function independently and use creative problem-solving techniques
  • an insight into the physical benefits from doing the programme themselves
  • ideas on how to implement a targeted movement programme, on a whole school basis, as part of a school improvement plan within the context of the school self-evaluation process.
  • an increased awareness of the needs of pupils with specific movement disorders and a better understanding on how to meet their needs

Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction
1.1 Introduction to the course
1.2 Academic research and background to sensorimotor skills development
1.3 sensorimotor development and academic learning

Module 2: Physical Literacy and the fundamental movement skills
2.1 Physical Literacy
2.2 Fundamental movement skills

Module 3: Equilibrium Movement Programme (EMP) Exercises 1-12 and SSE
3.1 First 12 exercises of the Equilibrium Movement Programme
3.2 Physical literacy -a whole school approach to SSE

Module 4: Equilibrium Movement Programme (EMP) Exercises 13-24 and literacy/numeracy
4.1 Exercises 13-24
4.2 Physical Education and the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills

Module 5: Equilibrium Movement Programme (EMP) Exercises 25-36 and ICT/musculoskeletal system
5.1 Exercises 25-36
5.2 ICT resources to support physical literacy
5.3 The musculoskeletal system

Feedback from our 2019 & 2020 Course Participants

  • 'I found the course to be well presented, accessible to all primary teachers regardless of their own physical literacy and easy to implement.'
  • 'I found the equilibrium movement programme very useful and intend implementing it in my classroom.'
  • 'I most certainly will complete this programme with both my gross motor and fine motor groups in school as it is a well devised programme '
  • 'I will use most elements of this programme. Charts for each exercise, yearly chart will be very useful to me for my planning and assessment.'
  • 'I liked the yearly plan and explanations of the exercises in the Equilibrium Movement Programme as they can be used in the classroom. They are simple and I think the children in my class will enjoy them.'
  • 'Module one gave an excellent explanation of vestibular and proprioceptive systems. These terms have been included in reports from occupational therapists and I now have a much better understanding of these terms'
  • 'I wouldn’t change anything about this course - it was coherent, easy to navigate and informative with lots of useful takeaways for the classroom'
  • it was structured and pitched excellently'

Course Full

This course is approved by the Department of Education & Skills as part of the 2023 Courses programme for Primary Teachers.
Total course time is 20 hours with a minimum of 13 hours online. There is no synchronous/live requirement on this course. Participants will be expected to participate in course forums and submit assignments as required. Tutors will be available for support and feedback. Access to the course will be available from 3rd July to 18th August 2023. On completion of the course qualifying teachers will receive a CPD Certificate and will qualify for 3 EPV Days.

The course will also be open from 3rd July to SNAs, Secondary School Teachers, Childcare Workers, Childminders and Parents who feel that they may benefit from the course

Our Support team are on hand to answer all your queries, either by phone or e-mail.
Online Forum: Check your Course Homepage
Phone: 01 4406608
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.