Moving helps us learn!

Bronwyn WilsonLearning, Sport and extra curricula

St Peters Lutheran students have been consolidating their early literacy and numeracy skills by using movement to help them learn.

LEAP (Learning Energetically Activates Pathwaysis based on the brain research that strongly supports the link between movement and learning. We know that healthy, active students, make better learners! So how do we apply this at St Peters Lutheran? LEAP focuses on creating optimal learning environments for all students, through movement. Students engaged in Action Based Learning show improved memory retention, increased focus and attention, improved grades, and less behavioural issues.

Our LEAP programme prepares the brain for learning. The students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are involved in LEAP twice a week for 30 min.

The Science of LEAP!

  1. It optimises your mind set to improve alertness, attention, and motivation.
  2. It prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information.
  3. It spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus.

The programme not only provides benefits in the immediate environment it also benefits the students as they return to the classroom to continue their learning. The movement the students have performed forces oxygen and glucose to the brain at greater rates and feeds the brain much needed nutrients (Blaydes, J 1996). This helps the brain to be in an optimal learning state in the classroom! What a fabulous outcome!

References

Blaydes, Jean October 1996 The body/Mind Connection: Its implications for Physical Education TAHPERD Journal pp.9-13

Ratey, Dr John 2008. SPARK:The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain. Little Brown and CO., NY Boston Learning and the Brain Conference Nov, 1999 The Care and Feeding of the Brain.