What is Physical Literacy? 

“Physical literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”

(Whitehead, 2014)

This PDST PE team have developed a resource to support teachers in developing physically literate children through the lens of Fundamental Movement Skills. This resource, entitled Move Well, Move Often, has been designed to complement the teaching of the Irish Primary School Physical Education (PE) Curriculum and aims to provide a range of tools to support the teacher in teaching fundamental movement skills throughout the primary school. The resource includes a Teachers Guide and three Activity Books. The entire resource, including supplementary materials such as video clips, asessment templates, sample lessons and planning tools are available by clicking on the link below. 


The PDST PE team are delighted to share with you a recording of our live webinar where we introduced participants to the area of Physical Literacy and explored how we can develop physically literate children through the lens of fundamental movement skills.  This 1 hour live webinar intended to empower participants to use the 'Move Well, Move Often' resource to support the teaching and learning of PE whilst embedding fundamental movement skills into the strands of the curriculum. 

The second webinar recording below revisits physical literacy, and how the physically literate pupil can be developed through the lens of fundamental movement skills.  Additionally, further practical tools and strategies from the 'Move Well, Move Often' resource are highlighted that embed the development of fundamental movement skills in the PE programme. 


Click on the images below to access a PDF version of the resource. It is not intended that the development of FMS replaces the Physical Education lesson. Rather, it is intended that this skill development is integrated inot the PE lesson in line with the overall school plan. In this way, the teacher focuses a lens on skill development within a lesson that is based on one of the strands of the PE curriculum. The activities that are outlined to devleop and consolidate these skills are differentiated across three books. The activities in Book 1 are generally aligned to the infant classes, the activities in Book 2 are generally aligned to the junior/middle classes and the activities in Book 3 are generally aligned to the middle/senior classes. 

Teachers' Guide

Activity Book 1 Activity Book 2 Activity Book 3


Gluais Go Maith, Gluais Go Minic - Acmhainn Gaeilge!

Gluais Go Maith, Gluais Go Minic - Treoir don Mhúinteoir

Leabhar 1 Leabhar 2 Leabhar 3


Posters to support the development of PL in your school

Click on the links below to download the posters in English or Irish

FMS Posters (Set of 16) If You Can Poster (Set of 3) We are Focusing On Poster Social Skills and Personal Qualities
Leagan Gaeilge Leagan Gaeilge Leagan Gaeilge Leagan Gaeilge




Physical Literacy Supports for Schools - Seminar 1
Seminar 1 Powerpoint Presentation Participants workbook Seminar 1 InTouch Article


Physical Literacy Supports for Schools - Seminar 2
Seminar 2 Presentation (English) Seiminéar 2 (Gaeilge)

Planning Tools and Templates (PDF)


Planning Tools and Templates (editable version)

Participants Booklet Seminar 2 External Cues to support the teaching of Fundamental Movement Skills


Sample Lesson Plans from Seminar 2

Sample Lesson Plan 

Gymnastics - Landing


Sequencing Card 1

Sample Lesson Plan 

Gymnastics - Balancing


Sequencing Card 2

Sample Lesson Plan 

Dance - Balancing (Compass Dance)


Physical Literacy Supports for Schools - Seminar 3

Seminar 3 Presentation English Participant's Booklet Seiminéar 3 - Gaeilge Notaí an Rannphairtí


2 Hour Presentation for teachers to use at school (Staff Meetings, Croke Park Hours etc.)
Seminar 1-3 Summary Presentation Presenter notes to accompany presentation


   Seminar 4 - Developing Motivation and Confidence

Goal Setting Resources

Social Skill Resources




Physical Literacy Seminar 4 Participant's Booklet

Seminar 4 Presentation

Seminar 4 Overview Webinar


Autonomy and Choice Resources



Physical Literacy Seminar 5 Resources

Sport Education Resource


Acmhainn Oideachais Spóirt

PE Reflection Template


Teimpléad machnaimh

Game Centred Approaches Resource - Attacking


Cur Chuige Cluiche-Lárnach - Ionsaí

Sports Education Certificates

Overall Award     Buaiteoir Iomlán

Best Skill            Gradam don scíl

Best Training     Gradam don Traenáil 

Best Fair Play    Chothrom na Féinne 

Best Duty Team  Gradam don Ról

Health Benefits Poster



Game Centred Approach Resoure Defending


Cur Chuige Cluiche-Lárnach - Ag Cosaint

Seminar 5 Presentation

Seimineár 5

Seminar 5 Participant handbook


The following videos can be used by teachers to support and develop your knowledge in the area of physical literacy. 

A suite of videos to support the development of physical literacy in Irish Primary Schools are available here