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.

 

Opportunities to become physically active at Long Furlong:

Nursery
  • Tool use (mark making, scissors, cooking)
  • Outdoor learning. (bikes, scooters, balancing, climbing, moving large equipment, negotiating space, large spades, large outdoor sandpit play, digging)
  • Funky Fingers: activities and games to develop motor skills
  • Yoga
  • Get mucky whilst learning
Reception
  • Tool use (woodworking, mark making, scissors, cooking)
  • PE lessons
  • Funky Fingers/Pen Disco/Yoga
  • Forest School
  • Free-flow: children have access to both the inside and outside areas during the day
  • Get mucky whilst learning

 

Opportunities to learn about my body at Long Furlong:

Nursery
  • Zones of Regulation (calm area, ZoR check-in)
  • Cooking/healthy eating
  • Growth Mindset (Learn how to grow our brains) –
  • Hygiene: toileting, handwashing, teeth brushing
  • Know what being too hot or cold feels like and what to do about it
Reception
  • Zones of Regulation (calm area, ZoR check-in)
  • Cooking/healthy eating
  • Growth Mindset (Learn how to grow our brains)
  • Hygiene: toileting, handwashing, teeth brushing
  • PE