Fundamental Movement Skills among Children in New Zealand
This report provides a national picture of movement skills among Year 4 and Year 8 students, with skill levels measured in 2006 compared with skill levels measured four years earlier in 2002.
More young people playing and enjoying sport is a key outcome for Sport New Zealand.
Many factors shape young people’s engagement with and enjoyment of sport. One factor considered critical is the development of fundamental movement skills (FMS). By helping young people develop their locomotive skills (e.g. walking, running), stability skills (e.g. landing, balance, rotation) and manipulative skills (e.g. throwing, catching, striking a ball), we give them an opportunity to grow their love of sport and recreation.
While we know FMS are important, there is little published information about the current skill levels of children in New Zealand. To help fill part of this evidence gap, this report provides some insights about movement abilities of Kiwi children.
In this report, a national picture of movement skills among Year 4 and Year 8 students is provided, as well as an examination of whether skill levels have changed over time between 2002 and 2006.
The findings reported are based on data collected by the National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP). A small selection of skills were assessed with a group of Year 4 children and Year 8 children in 2002. Some tasks were then tested again in 2006 with a different group of Year 4 and Year 8 children.