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Physical Development and Movement

Children enjoy physical play both indoors and outdoors. They revel in freedom of movement and in play that is inventive, adventurous and stimulating. Physical play that develops gross motor skills, for example running, jumping, climbing, skipping, hopping, balancing, kicking, striking, throwing and catching, helps children to develop balance, control, co-ordination and an awareness of size, space and direction. Play opportunities are maximised indoors and outdoors to help develop fine motor skills such as grasping, screwing, pinching, picking, holding and threading, which are important for the development of eye and hand control. 

Children will be learning to:

  • enjoy physical play
  • develop an awareness of space
  • move confidently with increasing control and co-ordination
  • develop gross motor skills, e.g. kicking & jumping 
  • develop fine motor skills & use small tools effectively