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The Heights Gross Motor Program – Funtastics
Funtastics is a program designed for Junior Primary aged children
who may be experiencing difficulties with some gross motor skills
such as hopping, balancing and ball skills. The aims of the program
- Develop gross motor skills and coordinated
- Encourage students to gain confidence in
their ability to perform physical skills
- Assist in the development of self image
- Develop playground skills
- Improve listening, following instructions
and concentration skills
- Encourage independence through tying laces,
Research in South Australia has shown that early detection and
support of any problems in these areas avoids concerns in the future.
Funtastics is run by parent volunteers who are known within the
school community and is overseen by the Assistant Principal –
Early Childhood. The volunteers are encouraged to access free training
run by the State coordinator for coordination programs. The training
is highly valued by the volunteers providing them with a greater
understanding of the needs of the children. Volunteers are also
required to undergo a school-based workshop on the responsibilities
of volunteers within the school including mandatory notification.
Children are identified for the Funtastics program through a series
of short activities that are given after six weeks at school. The
activities are managed by the Assistant Principal Early Childhood.
Parents are able to gain more information about the results of the
activities from the Assistant Principal. Class teachers are given
information about areas of development that can be incorporated
into Physical Education lessons. Children are involved in the program
for up to 20 weeks. In some cases and if there are spaces available
children may be involved in the program for longer.
A comprehensive information booklet is available for parents to
gain information about all details of the program.