Physical Literacy



Physical Literacy


The motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engaging in physical activity for life.

Top ten research questions related to Physical Literacy

See this ParticipACTION summary from Mark Tremblay and Patricia Longmuir on the research that is needed to fully understand the impact of physical literacy on active living, as research is in early stages.  Ten key research questions were identified with input from international experts and practitioners.  Some questions relate to individual influencing factors, physical literacy over the lifespan and relationship to creating supportive environments. ParticipACTION summary here.  Journal abstract here

Creating a Quality Physical Literacy Experience

 A series of short videos (one to six minutes duration) designed to help you create a quality physical literacy experience for your participants in your practice or programs. Each video focuses on key components to assist you in understanding physical literacy and how it is important to consider in your programming implementation. Supplementary information and resources are provided after each video.

The videos are batched into two sections: Section One provides background information for developing a quality physical literacy experience and Section Two provides information to assist you in delivering a quality physical literacy experience.

These resources were developed by Sport for Life and Dr. Dean Kriellaars with support from the Government of Ontario.

Dr. Dean: Physical Literacy and Literacy

“Physical literacy has to be as important as literacy in our education system” – Dr. Dean Kriellaars from the University of Manitoba brings physical literacy in line with literacy at the 2013 Canadian Sport for Life Summit.

Childhood obesity threatens the future health of Canada, and this needs to be addressed NOW if we are to prevent a generation of children from growing up with chronic health problems. We also know that being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills as a child.

Physical Literacy

PhysicalLiteracy-APPLE-model_612gives children the tools they need to take part in physical activity and sport, both for healthy-long enjoyment and for sporting success; and is a key component of Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Program.
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These tools will help us understand the factors that can be modified to improve the overall activity level of Canadians, leading to healthier, disease-free lives. If we don’t measure it – it isn’t important


Physical Literacy for Communities

Informational Webinar


Is your community interested in physical literacy but not sure where to start? Are you at the end of an RBC Learn to Play or other physical literacy project and looking for ideas to continue the momentum?

Sport for Life Society is excited to launch a new initiative: Physical Literacy for Communities 

Physical Literacy for Communities will provide a foundation and framework that can be tailored to meet the needs and capacity of communities across Canada. As well, it will support cross-sectoral community leadership through three implementation phases: education, training and mentoring.

To learn more about how your community could benefit from this approach, sign up for our webinar on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 am PST.

Register at:

Thank you,

The Physical Literacy for Communities Team



Tools to help Assess Student Physical Literacy

Banff Alberta – National Physical Literacy Conference

To look at the presentations from this conference you can go to

There were many great speakers who  presented resources & strategies and here’s are links to some of the resources out there. Many of these resources can be down-loaded for free.

  1. Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth [Playtools]  – This is a Free library of assessment tools produced by CS4L to help measure physical literacy levels in children.
  2. PHE Canada’s Passport to Life assessment tool  – This is a Free resource for school teachers created by PHE Canada that allows on-going assessment of students in the areas of physical literacy
  3. Healthy Schools in Motion  Manitoba  – Manual   – This Free resource outlines Manitoba’ s strategy for healthy schools
  4. Healthy Schools in Motion – Manitoba – Physical Literacy Tool Kit ages 5-12 – A Free toolkit on physical Literacy for children between 5 and 12
  5. Healthy Schools in Motion – Free Recess Tool-kit Free resource that provides Ideas on keeping children active during recess – especially when children cannot get outside due to weather.
  6. Be Fit for Life  – Move and Play – Physical Literacy Cards Alberta – Stage appropriate flash cards to help teachers/leaders and parents provide age appropriate physical activity
  7. Ever Active Schools – Alberta – Recipe Cards for physical Education Teachers – Grade appropriate flash cards to help teachers provide  age appropriate physical activity
  8. Play Sport from OPHEA Canada – Free on line games resource for leaders.Free on-line games and activities for leaders and teachers in physical activity
  9. Action School BC – Classroom Action Resource – K-7 – Ideas of how to incorporate physical activity into the classroom – – A Free resource for classroom teachers providing some tips and strategies for incorporating physical activity into classroom activities.
  10. Action Schools BC – Classroom Action Resource  – Middle School – Ideas of how to incorporate physical activity into the classroom – A Free resource for classroom  teachers providing some tips and strategies for incorporating physical activity into classroom activities.
  11. Action Schools BC Resources – A wealth of resources on how to create a healthier school environment
  12. Move with me from birth to 3 – A great FREE resource for new parents providing information and ideas about their role with their child in early movement
  13. Healthy Opportunities for Pre-Schoolers – A great FREE resource parents providing information and practical ideas about their role in physical activity with their toddler
  14. Healthy Opportunities for Pre-Schoolers – ECE Resource  -A great FREE resource for the day care setting.


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