The Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) is a movement-based program which helps younger students improve their eye/hand and eye/foot coordination, fitness, balance, locomotion and eye-tracking skills.Through physical skills and fitness, we aim to encourage students to function more successfully in all areas of the curriculum. Our program trains students to integrate auditory skills into memory retention, whilst completing physical tasks.Research points to the awareness that we need to develop the whole child. Motor development accelerates a child’s learning ability.
Based at the school, the program uses a variety of equipment and focuses on engaging the students in semi-intensive activities.
Students are assigned to small working groups and move through four or five activities at ten-minute intervals. Trained adults support and supervise each activity and look for opportunities to extend the skills of every child. PMP helps develop confidence, listening skills, memory span, problem solving, co-ordination and physical ability. It accelerates development of the corpus callosum that connects the brain's two hemispheres and speeds up processing. Additional benefits are evident in the improved fitness level of students.We rely on the assistance of volunteer parents for these sessions and younger siblings are welcome to join in.