Primary School

All courses are available online in New Zealand and Overseas.

FULL PERCEPTUAL MOTOR PROGRAMME (MSPMP) COURSE

A four-hour training course for teachers, teacher aids, parents, RTLB’s SENCO’s, Phys Ed specialists covering everything you need to know to implement and run the Moving Smart PMP (MSPMP) programme from the philosophy to the resources required. The what, why, where, when and how of PMP.

The workshop begins with a practical understanding of the science behind all those wiggles and giggles.

We explore the role movement plays in early brain development, the reasons why nature prioritises movement in the developmental chain of events, and how movement prepares children cognitively, socially, emotionally, and of course, physically for the rigours of formal learning.

And we proudly introduce you to our easy to run, no parent required BRAND NEW Moving Smart PMP Programme.

The course will cover…

  • Child development and rationale for MSPMP
  • Teaching our all NEW Moving Smart PMP programme
  • All in one ‘Teach the Body First Floor Session and Equipment Sessions
  • Eye Tracking in readiness for reading
  • Specific Movements needed for the programme
  • Growing memory through physical play
  • Developing language and vocabulary through MSPMP
  • How to make sense of children’s progress
  • Practical activities
  • Equipment resources needed to set up the Moving Smart PMP programme (MSPMP).

And remember…
“Learning Never Sits Still.”

 

RATIONALE

Movement is at the heart and at the start of how the brain develops, determining how children think, feel, behave, and learn.

Teachers of new entrant and junior classes are noticing that children are entering school and formal learning less prepared than ever before. Behaviours such as immature pencil grip, concentration and ability for the eyes to track when reading, self-organisation around the classroom, sitting still, immature letter formation and reversals (to name but a few) are becoming more and more prevalent. These physical foundations underpin success in the classroom and if not developed, can distract children from their learning.

The MSPMP programme helps develop these important readiness skills through fun, sequential movement activities. They are carefully structured to develop children at their own developmental stage. As well, the programme is language based giving children exposure to directional language needed for the classroom.

Teachers also gain valuable ongoing information that includes specific developmental areas to focus on for each individual child.

MSPMP is an integrated programme that includes many of the areas of the current curriculum. It is a holistic approach to learning.

Many teachers comment that implementing MSPMP requires time they don’t have in the daily demands of the classroom. However, the opposite is often true as automating the physical foundations that underpin learning success will provide more time for curriculum subjects like reading, maths and language.

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IN SCHOOL TRAINING

Take advantage of having our fabulous MSPMP expert Monica Coetzee come to your school. She can help you with the following:

  1. Demo lessons with your children
  2. Equipment set ups
  3. The practicalities of MSPMP – how it works
  4. Parent information sessions
  5. Download this flyer to learn more about how Monica can help you.

REVIEW YOUR PMP PROGRAMME ONLINE

Now your programme is running, there’s bound to be things you need to know to fine tune. We are available online on Zoom, to host a staff meeting, answer questions and review some of the many questions you may have.

For instance, teachers ask things like…

  • How long do I spend at each station?
  • What do I do about children who are not making progress?
  • How do I download the music for the programme?
  • Can we use the old equipment for the new MSPMP programme?
  • Who do I refer children to who have problems with eye tracking?

These and many more questions can help make your programme more successful.

 

To register your school for a review session with our expert fill in the form on the right.

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL FOR A REVIEW SESSION

Review Sessions cost $225 + GST per hour

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ABOUT MOVING SMART PMP (MSPMP)

The Moving Smart PMP Programme (MSPMP) is a well-balanced physical programme that helps your children develop the physical foundations they need to get the most out of their school day.

Each session uses one component from the Moving Smart Kinetic Scale©. This ensures children attending will have all the food groups covered in their PMP experience.

The programme has two parts.

  • Floor Sessions where we teach Specific Movements so the body learns what to do before using the equipment
  • Equipment Sessions where the children use these movements on the equipment.
Kinetic Scale

Sample MSPMP Session Plan

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Whether you’re just introducing MSPMP into your school for the first time, or you already have a programme up and running, on-going MSPMP teachers courses and workshops are available to enhance educators’ understanding of the objectives, benefits, applications, and teaching techniques of MSPMP, including…

  • Child development that underpins MSPMP. Why does movement matter?
  • Skill techniques used in the programme.
  • Floor sessions – teaching the body first, one thinking task at a time.
  • Developing language through the programme. Language + Experience = Understanding.
  • Evaluation. Learn how to ‘Read the Moves’.
  • Practical activities you can do in the classroom to enhance your MSPMP programme.
  • Equipment resources needed to set up MSPMP.
Why do children need a PMP programme?

PMP is seen as part of the programme of total experiences. It is not a physical education programme alone, or music, or fitness, or dance, or gymnastics. It is a programme that uses facets of all of the above in order to develop children’s perceptions and understandings of their world.
These perceptions and judgments that are formed over time help determine how children react to their environment, to others, and to new ideas.

MSPMP is different because it aims to develop the child rather than the skill. It is not purely a motor programme. It is a perceptual motor programme where language is the key factor in providing the perceptual knowledge about the motor experience. The programme has its roots in the development of language, the gaining of problem solving skills, and general readiness areas.

The Moving Smart Perceptual Motor Programme (MSPMP) is a step-by-step programme, designed and individualised for the development of PERCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE and JUDGEMENT, delivered in a well-rounded movement diet (using the Kinetic Scale) of fun physical experiences the brain needs to grow and develop.

Perceptual knowledge/judgement comes from physical and sensory experiences that are repeated over and over. The perceptions that are formed over time help determine how children react to their environment, to others, and to new ideas.
When this is well developed, consequential reactions are more likely to be appropriate for any given situation. When it is not, it can impede learning. Children with common problems such as inattention, day dreaming, wandering, laziness, clumsiness, and disruptive behaviour are often those with a poorly developed “perceptual world.” These children risk becoming frustrated and stressed which can shut down their ability to concentrate and comprehend.

A consistent and varied “diet” of physical and sensory experience is the key to developing perceptual judgments. The greater the store of experiences the better developed the perceptions and motor reactions. And when those perceptions and reactions become automatic, the brain is free for higher thinking tasks.

In short, refining perceptual judgments prepares the brain for learning.

Bridging the gap

Many children enter our classrooms today unready for formal learning. The simplest things trip them up… having to sit still and listen… being unable to hold a pencil correctly… coping with multiple instructions at once, and on and on.

And while this presents challenges for early learners and teachers, the bigger consequences may have a much farther reach. Early frustration and feelings of failure can result in low self-esteem, fear/dislike of the formal learning environment, and underachievement throughout the school years. Helping children bridge the gap between the playful, rough ‘n tumble world of preschool life and the disciplined world of the classroom will pay dividends for all of the learning years ahead.

Quite often, those early challenges in the classroom can be mis-diagnosed as misbehaviour or redressed with “formal learning” techniques for which children may not yet be ready. For instance, a child’s inability to sit still and listen may have less to do with his lack of discipline than a lack of vestibular stimulation. A child’s poor pencil grip may have less to do with the number of hours she’s held a crayon in her hand, than the number of hours she’s spent on the monkeybars.

Understanding the “learning nexus” between a young child’s brain and body, and how PMP works to develop children’s physical motor skills plays an essential part in providing children with the foundations necessary for success in their early school years. Having a new knowledge base of why it’s important for kids to move and how to run MSPMP will equip educators with the missing link in helping children make the leap to a lifetime of learning.

Body + Brain = Learning

MSPMP is a motor coordination programme for school age children, comprised of sequential movement activities across the Kinetic Scale (six different stations) for classes of up to 30 students, ages 5 & up.

By revealing the “learning nexus” between the body and the brain, PMP isolates the six critical spheres of physical and sensory influence that prepare the brain for formal learning.

The MSPMP programme is…

MSPMP Model - Six Stations of MSPMP Programme

  • HOLISTIC. Movement/Language development programme, with focus on Motor Coordination, Cognitive Development, Self-Esteem, Social Skills and ability to cope better in the classroom.
  • DIAGNOSTIC. Helping teachers recognize children’s needs in relation to Sensory, Balance, Intuition, Power, Coordination, Control, and the ramifications of these foundations unfulfilled.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING. Gives children strategies for problem solving.
  • EASY IMPLEMENTATION. Delivers carefully crafted sequenced (and fun!) activities, packed with learning foundations.
  • A SMIDGEN OF PREVENTION. Designed to be preventative rather than curative.
  • FITNESS-ORIENTED. Covers many strands of traditional Junior PE/Health Curriculum.

 

How Does the Moving Smart Perceptual Motor Programme (MSPMP) Work?

Achievement in the equipment session depends on good preparation done at Floor Session time. The MSPMP programme is divided into integrated, synchronised sessions as follows.

 

 

Floor Session:

Equipment Session:

Language is Inclusive:

How does PMP work?
  • Teaches the body first preparing the body with specific movements needed in the equipment session.
  • Achievement in the equipment session depends on good preparation.
  • Outcomes from the MSPMP model – the Kinetic Scale –  Activity 1 & 2 needed at each station.
  • Individualised Help Me & Challenge Me activities make the activity fit the child, not the other way round.
  • Helps transfer concepts, knowledge and understanding of directional language needed in the classroom.
  • Happens during the equipment session.
How often?
  • 1 per week.
  • 3 – 4 sessions per week.
  • During the MSPMP floor and equipment sessions.
When?
  • Any time of the day.
  • Any time of the day.
  • During the MSPMP floor and equipment sessions.
Who?
  • Whole class.
  • 3-4 children per station.
  • During the MSPMP floor and equipment sessions.
How long?
  • 20 – 30 minutes.
  • 30 minutes.
  • During the MSPMP floor and equipment sessions.
Where?
  • Any safe place.
  • A large safe area e.g., school hall or large empty classroom.
  • During the MSPMP floor and equipment sessions.
Help required?
  • 1 teacher.
  • 1 teacher & TA or other adult.
  • 1 teacher & TA or other adult.