You can develop a host of non-physical skills in children. Here’s a reminder of our 7 Learning Nutrition areas to help achieve this:
Ambition – Every child starts their journey loving physical activity but we need them to create a positive relationship with physical activity for life.
A clear personalised outcome (shared and agreed) – Remember, this is different for each child and should align to what is most important.
Success and failure (appropriate challenge) – Ensure every child experiences success in every session. But remember, to maximise potential failure is an essential part of learning.
Praise for positive behaviours – Align praise to what is most important, rather than only outcome and performance. Give opportunities for children to praise and encourage each other.
Celebration and review of progress – Provide regular opportunities for children to review and celebrate their own and others’ progress to help build self-esteem and a love of activity.
Coach and support others – Take time and provide the necessary scaffolding to help children develop the skills to coach and support each other. Long term results can be huge.
Control – Gradually allow children to take more ownership of and responsibility for their learning, e.g. use language to promote choice and allow children at times to select equipment or task direction from a menu.