Physical Literacy - Session 2

Skill Focus: Coordination and Proprioception

Coordination and proprioception; a couple of fancy words that mean knowing where your arms, legs and body are in space and time. Today we are going to work on that by exploring and imitating how different animals move. This should be a fun and challenging way to try new ways of moving our bodies and see how we might use those movements in our everyday lives.

Value: Go Forward

Venturing out of your comfort zone and trying new things can be uncomfortable. It may feel and look weird trying to move like different animals! But know that these movements will provide new and unique challenges for your body, which can help you achieve your fitness goals. Some may be tough, but you might just surprise yourself how fun it can be trying something new!

Opening Community Circle

  • Call your life play - on a scale of 1-5 how are you feeling today?
  • Which animals would be good at sports? Why?
  • Can you demonstrate any animal movements?
  • Why is it important to try new things or “Go Forward”?

This is a general, dynamic warm-up that is great to use ahead of any session. View in the Warm-Up Library.

Skill Focus: Coordination and Proprioception

Demonstrate each exercise before students complete for time or distance in a circuit and/or relay fashion. If done remotely with little space, all exercises can be done on the spot, otherwise students should complete while moving forward, back and side to side over 10 yards or more.

Suggested options are 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest. If in-person, a “you go, I go” partner relay will work well. Students should aim to complete 3-5 circuits of all exercises with a 2 min break between circuits.

Students should utilize their fitness journal to document success and RPE. Click on each exercise for a video demonstration.

Varations to Increase/Reduce Difficulty

  • Slow down/speed up movement
  • Increase/reduce number of reps
  • Increase/reduce distance
  • Reduce/increase rest time

Cool Down #2

This cool down involves stretching in place. Students should find a comfortable spot where they have enough room to stretch from head to toe. View in the Cool Down Library.

Closing Community Circle

  • Call your life play - on a scale of 1-5 how are you feeling after this session?
  • What animal movement was hardest for you? Why?
  • Which of these animals do you think would make the best athlete?
  • How do you think you used the value “Go Forward” today during the session?