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How to Teach the Essential Skills of Throwing

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).  Throw is one of the eleven primary important fundamental motor skills to learn, particularly for students in Early Childhood.  Teachers will learn the importance of throwing, 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 this unit of work, student will learn:

  1. Eyes focused on the target throughout the throw

  2. Stand side on to the target

  3. Throwing arm nearly straightened behind body

  4. Step towards the target with foot opposite throwing arm during the throw

  5. Make sequential hip to shoulder rotation during the throw

  6. Throwing arm follows through, down and across body


Teaching Throwing 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 Throwing 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.