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Early Years Foundation Stage

The reception and nursery classes are part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. Physical Development is related to the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters, which underpins the curriculum planning. Physical Development is a Prime area, and as such is a fundamental part of the EYFS curriculum underpinning all other areas, encompassing two specific strands: Moving and Handling; Health and Self-Care. Opportunities are planned to enable children to develop confidence and control of the way they move and handle equipment and sets the foundations for making healthy life choices. Opportunities are planned to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills which relate to the PE curriculum. Children in foundation stage also go swimming every week.


Physical Development

  • To develop children’s fundamental movement skills through promoting the building blocks of physical literacy: stability, locomotion and object control.
  • To integrate physical activity and development opportunities into daily practice, supporting other areas of the foundation framework.
  • To contribute towards children achieving their recommended 180 minutes of their daily physical activity and minimising long periods of sitting.


Cognitive Development

  • To develop the ability to work independently and in small groups, contributing ideas.
  • To explore movements and understand why some are more successful than others.
  • To respond to questions about their bodies and healthy lifestyles.
  • To appreciate the value of safe exercising, for instance warming the body up before exercise and using the equipment safely.