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Early Years Physical Development Morning

16 March 2018

Early childhood is an exciting time for parents and children; a child develops and refines physical skills from running to drawing. Your child's physical development can be encouraged by providing the right environment, once the skills involved are understood. This understanding was shared with parents and carers of F1 children this week during a Physical Development open morning.

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There are two basic types of physical development in early childhood that allow the development of physical skills; gross motor development, or the development of skills using large movements that involve the whole body, and fine motor development, or the development of skills involving the hands and fingers and which use smaller, more precise movements.

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Young children learn through movement, so it is critical for them to have daily physical activity. BIS HCMC teachers ensure that they provide children with opportunities for free movement, engage children in both planned and free indoor and outdoor motor play, and challenge children with appropriate fine and gross motor tasks.  Together, these support the children's learning and healthy physical development.

This week the F1 parents were invited into school to take part in a variety of activities, all of which encouraged the development of physical skills. From turning book pages in the reading corner to skilfully jumping over hurdles in the hall, the children were joined by their parents to play and learn. The parents learnt how using tweezers to pick up objects or playing with play dough was developing the muscles in their child’s hand that will later be used for writing and letter formation. In the hall, the children refined their gross motor skills, spacial awareness and co-ordination during activities such as the hurdles, javelin throwing, football games and obstacle courses.

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The Early Years Physical Development curriculum is not limited to the development of physical movements but also supports the progress of health and self-care skills. At school we are encouraging the children to become independent when dressing, feeding and toileting themselves. This learning was shared with parents through activities including food tasting, dressing up in the role-play area and washing and changing the baby dolls.

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It was safe to say that there were smiles all round throughout the whole morning. The children loved sharing their learning environments with their parents, and the parents showed their children the fun they can have by trying new things by ending the morning with a tug of war!

The F1 team would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Richard for setting up fun and challenging activities in the hall and another massive thank you, to all the parents that gave up their time to be with their child and gain a greater insight into how the children learn at school.

Ms Hayley, Class teacher and EYFS Leader