Information for Teachers

Welcome aboard the Fundamental Movement Skills Project. We are sure that you and your class will thoroughly enjoy your experience in any of the four programmes that you choose to participate in. We encourage you to engage with the instructors and make the most of the opportunities for professional development that they offer you.

Learn to Swim

5+ a day Football in Schools

Get Set Go/
Run Jump Throw



Water confidence and water safety are vital in the New Zealand environment.  The 'Learn to Swim' programme develops both locomotor and stability skills and builds self confidence and self-awareness. Through football-based activities, the football programme covers the manipulate skills as well as agility, spatial awareness and team work. Through play, games and fun activities, the Get Set Go/Run Jump Throw programme encourages the development of physical movement skills, knowledge and cognitive skills, and emotional and social skills. Movement develops sequentially starting with the head, then developing down the body and along the arms and legs to toes and fingers.  The moveMprove programme is based on recurring patterns of movement necessary for the development of higher level skills. The ages of 5 to 11 are important years for developing movement skills that underpin physical literacy. The Kiwi Hoops programme introduces the fundamental movement and fundamental sport skills progressively to match players physical, social, cognitive and emotional development.

Assessment levels

  • submersion
  • floating
  • 5m, 15m, 25m
  • 50m, 100m, 200m
  • survival sequence

Manipulative skills

  • running with the ball
  • dribbling
  • kicking
  • passing
  • turning

 Stability skills - balance

Locomotor skills

  • run
  • dodge
  • skip
  • hop
  • jump

Manipulative skills

  • catch
  • throw
  • bounce
  • kick
  • punt
  • strike

Movement patterns

  • locomotion
  • rotation
  • manipulative skills
  • spatial awareness
  • landing
  • spring
  • statics
  • swing

Manipulative skills

  • ball handling
  • dribbling
  • passing
  • catching
  • shooting
  • offence
  • defence

Movement skills

  • agility
  • balance
  • coordination
  • running
  • jumping
  • sliding
  • skipping


The Fundamental Movement Skills Project has been developed to link in with the Health and Physical Education learning area of the school curriculum. The project has particular relevance to achievement strand B - Movement Concepts and Motor Skills, but can also contribute to objectives in the other three achievement strands.

Movement concepts and motor skills

Level One

Develop a wide range of movement skills, using a variety of equipment and play environments.

Level Two

Practise movement skills and demonstrate the ability to link them in order to perform movement sequences.

Level Three

Develop more complex movement sequences and strategies in a range of situations.

Level Four

Demonstrate consistency and control of movement in a range of situations.

Level Five

Acquire and apply complex motor skills by using basic principles of motor learning.

Level Six

Acquire, apply and refine specialised motor skills by using the principles of motor skill learning.


This section provides all the information and resources that you will need to streamline your participation in the Fundamental Movement Skills Project.