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How to Teach the Essential Skills of Catching

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills catching lessons

Fundamental motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking and running, playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat). Catch is one of the primary eleven important

fundamental motor skills to learn, particularly for students in

Early Childhood.  Teachers will learn the importance of catching, as

these actions require proper coordination and strength from

multiple body segments to produce the skill. Children will develop

improved hand-eye coordination through ball play.

In learning catch, students will learn:

  1. Eyes are focused on the ball throughout the catch

  2. Elbows bent and hands in front of body

  3. Hands move to meet the ball 

  4. Hands and fingers positioned correctly to catch the ball

  5. Catch and control the ball with hands only

  6. Elbows bend to absorb the force of the ball


Teaching Catch is a great way to engage your students with

essential fundamental movement skills.  This unit promotes

coordination and team skills.  Have a look at the Early Childhood

PE Catch Lessons Pack (click the link to the side).  You will be fully

equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades K – 2.  You will also receive the I CAN posters, student checklists, lessons and more.

physical education (P.E.) teaching fundamental motor skills catching lessons
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