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. 





New Resource! 



We are focusing on... 

Táimid ag díriú ar​...

Click on the image above to download our newest poster. Let everyone know what skill you are focusing on by displaying this poster in your classroom or PE hall.



Fundamental Movement Skills Posters 






*** Coming soon! ***

SEMINAR 3 will be taking place in every Education Centre from 7th October 2019. Click on the button below to book your space. 




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



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


New Resource! - Physical Literacy Posters

If You Can ... Posters Má tá tú in ann... Póstaeir


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


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 teaching and learning of fundamental movement skills can be accessed at