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Physical Development

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3. Physical Development

Physical activity is vital in children’s development; by creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, we can support our children to develop their gross and fine motor skills.

  • Examples of gross motor skills: moving around space and obstacles safely; showing strength, balance and co-ordination when playing; moving energetically, like running, dancing, and climbing.
  • Examples of fine motor skills: holding a pencil using the tripod grip; using a range of small tools like paint brushes and cutlery; starting to show accuracy and care when drawing.

Giving our children varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, crafts etc… with feedback and support from adults, allows them to develop control and confidence in this area.

Take a look at the links below for inspiration and activities on physical development skills:

Mister Maker - CBeebies - BBC

Dough Disco

Relaxed Dough Disco

Tennis Ball Game for Kids

Songs That Strengthen Little Fingers

Developing Fine Motor Skills

Practice your new skills together!

Our new platform, Learning with Parents, helps Reception families practice fun activities together to learn more about new topics at school.

The platform is video and game based, with clips to explain how you can have a go at each activity at home and let your teacher know what you’ve been up to to earn rewards.
Sign in to the portal below with the log in details given to you by your class teacher.


Learning With Parents

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1. Communication and Language

2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

3. Physical Development

4. Literacy

6. Mathematics

6. Understanding the World

7. Expressive Arts and Design

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