This learning helps to be healthy and feel the positive benefits of being active. Children's gross motor skills, control and co-ordination are developed through using large scale equipment and taking part in activities and games to encourage a range of movements such as jumping, running, rolling and balancing. Their manipulation and fine motor skills are developed through using small hand-held tools and objects. In addition children learn about the effects that being active has on their body and about how to be healthy and why it this so important.
Why it is important.
Physical activity not only promotes healthy bodies, strong bones and joints but also teaches children ways to master gross and fine motor skills and encourages good coordination and improved spatial awareness, so they can explore the world around them more easily. Also any kind of physical activity is an effective stress buster and therefore helps to promote confidence, happiness and healthy self esteem.
What it Means for the Children...
Improving their gross motor skills by using their bodies to run, walk, climb, jump, roll and learning how to be safe and use the space effectively
Practicing skills to improving their control and co-ordination.
Using their body to move in response to sounds and music.
Using tools effectively to achieve a desired result e.g. a pencil to draw, scissors to cut, a mouse to control the computer, a fork to eat food.
Using small equipment such as bats and balls with increasing control
Finding out about and the effect that physical activity has on their body.
Learning about what they can do to stay healthy and why this is important e.g. healthy eating during snack time.
What We Do...
Support children to explore their bodies to find out about different movements and balance
Motivate children to be active and build their confidence by encouraging them to take manageable risk in their play.
Provide a wide range of small and large equipment both indoors and outside, to challenge children and support specific skills and allow sufficient time and space for exploration and practice.
Talk to children about their movements using the correct vocabulary and help them to make sense of what is happening to their bodies.
Support children to understand the need for exercise, good food, sleep and hygiene.