Physical Education in Grades R – 3, aims to ensure the further development of the many emerging motor control, body awareness and perceptual motor abilities that the learner may possess.
The learner needs to develop the necessary skills for each of the developmental aspects using a variety of new functional movements. Through discovery the learner develops an awareness of the body and how to move in challenging, exploratory and problem-solving ways. The development of the learner’s gross and fine motor skills and perceptual development is fundamental in the Foundation Phase.
Physical and motor development is integral to the holistic development of learners. It makes a significant contribution to learners’ social, personal and emotional development. Play, movement, games and sport contribute to developing positive attitudes and values. This area focuses on perceptual and locomotor development, rhythm, balance and laterality.
The focus in the Foundation Phase is on games and some activities that will form the basis of participating in sports later on. Physical growth, development, recreation and play are emphasised.