Physical development focuses on the following aspects:
-Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
The EYFS Statutory framework states " Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence." (DFE 2021)
Children in both nursery and reception have access to the outdoor provision allowing them access to a range of equipment. This includes bikes, scooters, climbing equipment as well as experiences such as digging and building. Fine motor opportunities such as cutting, threading, and mark making are provided each day. P.E in reception is taught each week with additional sessions provided on a Friday with our sports coach. Children in nursery begin P.E in the spring term.