Movement Activities for Children with Learning Difficulties
By Bren Pointer
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
This book offers a variety of movement activities, in the form of games and skills, for all those involved in educating children through movement. Written primarily for those working with children with learning difficulties, the practices can be adapted and modified to accommodate a wide range of ability, making it suitable for both teachers in special schools and those in mainstream education with mixed ability classes. The activities are clearly outlined and suggestions for equipment and possible variations are provided, together with analyses of the use and value of each exercise. The warm up games and skills may generate further investigation into physical activity and give access and opportunity to all children, whatever their ability, to become literate in movement.
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'The activities are clearly explained. They are not written for a specific age range or learning difficulty, but are universal to all primary children and will be equally valuable to the mainstream teacher if they are related to the National Curriculum.'- Child Education'[an] excellent book of great benefit to teachers and others... a wealth of ideas... a great stimulus for activity programmes which can meet the needs of individual children and provide a lot of fun, whatever the range of abilities within the group.'- Sportsnews'Bren Pointer is well aware of the need for teachers in special education to constantly adapt material. Even a purpose-written book such as this has to cover a wide range of abilities; and even then has to be open to adaptation for pupils with very particular needs. Pointer accomplishes this well.'- Education Review'Simply and clearly presented, this book provides a very useful resource, and addresses an area which can be a real challenge to the teacher of children with learning difficulties. Many helpful pointers are listed in the introduction and make interesting and useful reading. The book includes an abundance of ideas for movement activities and games. A ready reference and useful guide in planning [a] PE programme.'- Nursery World'This timely publication offers a variety of movement-based activities which can be adapted for children with a variety of needs. The book will be of immense value to practitioners who use movement in their work with children who have SEN.'- Special
Bren Pointer has been teaching children with severe learning difficulties for many years, and is currently Head of Physical Education at a special school in the London Borough of Brent.
Introduction. 1. Warm Up Activities. 2. Basic Movement Games. 3. Basic Movement Skills.
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