1A: Why is movement key?

Every child is born with an innate motivation to experience the world around them.

This is achieved through moving, and receiving sensation. As they do this, they lay down motor and sensory memory and continuously build on these. This enables engagement and learning.

Movement and sensory developments form essential building blocks for learning. The most rapid period for this development is within the first 8 years of life. Yet children enter the statutory education system at 4 years of age. This shows how important regular movement is in the Early Years and KS1 curriculum.

Movement and sensory experiences continue to be key throughout the rest of childhood and into adult life in order for people to be able to function, concentrate and learn at their fullest.

Key Points

  • Movement and sensory experience is vital for learning
  • Learners are still undergoing rapid development of building blocks for learning during their first few years at school
  • Movement and sensory experiences continue to be key throughout life

Thinking Points

  • What image comes to mind if you think of a good lesson where the class engaged and learners are working hard?
  • Is the classroom still and quiet or are learners moving?

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