Sporting Age SMART MOTION is a unique online software program focusing purely on movement skill development and combining baseline assessment, stage-appropriate differentiated lesson plans and scientifically produced evidence of impact/progress all in one place.
The number one priority for the Sporting Age platform has been to create a very user-friendly experience for partners and teachers. No prior technical knowledge is required.
We fully understand the importance of totally secure, reliable data transfer. Subsequently, we commissioned “Data Tools for Schools” to ensure that all systems are fully GDPR compliant and that all data is transferred, shared and stored in a totally secure manner as well as integrating seamlessly with other school data programs.
FMS and Baseline Testing
Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are movements that involve different body parts such as the legs, arms, trunk and head. They include such skills as running, hopping, catching, throwing, striking and balancing. In a school context, developing Movement Skills is the foundation of PE and school sport as this helps support young people in their development as competent, confident & healthy movers.
FMS can be broken down in any number of ways. Through our extensive research and consultations with leading experts, we have categorised the movement skills into three groups to make planning, teaching and assessment much easier.
The three categories are:
• Object control
Having researched, analysed and experienced first-hand outstanding practice in teaching Fundamental Movement Skills globally, our Director of Education has identified the Movement Skills that he considers to be essential at particular stages if young people are going to successfully participate in lifelong physical activities.
We have developed a delivery routine whereby a class of 30 children can work through the 3 practical assessments in 45 minutes. This means that in a standard primary school, 4 classes can be completed in a morning and 2 in the afternoon.
The 3 practical tests involve:
1. Agility Run: Combining agility, balance, coordination and speed
2. Speed Bounce: Combining agility, balance and coordination
3. Target Throw: Combining agility and hand-eye coordination
The tests provide accurate data which generate a number of appropriate interventions that help to develop a young person’s Movement Skills as well as providing support for primary school teachers.
Created by teachers for teachers
Lesson plans have been created by highly experienced teachers and practitioners specifically for the primary sector. There are 8 lesson plans for each year group in Key Stage 2 which develop fundamental movement skills in line with National Curriculum requirements. Lessons include stage appropriate content and differentiation to ensure inclusivity.
For Teachers With or Without PE Specialism
The Sporting Age ‘Motion’ tool provides immediate training and support for primary school teachers.
Helps to develop their confidence and competence in delivering PE and Sport.
Standardised assessments and a scoring system enable teachers to evaluate each child’s physical performance quickly and efficiently to identify areas for further development.
Using our high-quality lesson plans, teachers can save valuable time spent planning and follow the well-established best practice.
Measuring and Reporting
Assessments are completed in one PE lesson at the start of the programme.
Allows teachers to track each pupil’s strengths and areas of improvement and identify their individual learning needs.
At the end of the programme (which is driven by schools) the class is assessed again. Personal, class, and school reports are easily created.
This provides schools with data that can be shared with parents, teachers and other stakeholders such as OFSTED.
Can be used as evidence for Sports Premium Funding.
Identify children working towards expected levels and children who are working at greater depth.
Year on year, this allows you to track progress throughout a pupil’s school life.
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