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The Core Principles of Little Cricket

1. Fundamental Movement Skills 

Cricket has them covered!

Cricket develops nine of the ten Fundamental Movement Skills, more than any other sport, and Little Cricket classes cover all nine. They are running, jumping, throwing, catching, batting, bowling, agility, balance and coordination.

Learning Fundamental Movement Skills is very important in the physical development of a child as children aren't simply born with the ability to do them, they must be learnt through teaching and practice. When a child is confident and competent in the fundamental movement skills they can more easily develop other sport-specific and complex movement skills that allow them to enjoy broader sports and physical activities as they grow, leading to a long life of physical activity.

Little Cricket isn't just about learning cricket skills, its about learning skills for life.

 

2. Early Learning Goals

There are 17 Early Learning Goals, defined by the Department of Education, to help describe children's attainment during the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Little Cricket uses relevant Early Learning Goals to ensure that sessions are delivered at the correct level for the participants and are contributing towards the ELGs for their respective age groups. For example, listening and attention, understanding, moving and handling, numbers, shape and space.

 

3. Learning Through Doing

Providing high quality planned experiences for children is an important way for adults to support children's learning that is both enjoyable and challenging. When children play and do they are learning at the highest level. Playing and doing can also extend certain areas of their learning.

As well as teaching and developing fundamental movement skills, Little Cricket also introduces new vocabulary during sessions and promotes talk between the children to help develop their language skills.

 

4. The Spirit of Cricket

In short, the Spirit of Cricket is about ensuring that cricket is always played in a truly sportsmanlike manner. 

At Little Cricket we firmly believe in this ethos and encourage it in each session.

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Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I learn

Xun Kuang, Chinese Confucian Philosopher