Physical Development and Movement
Children start primary school having had a range of movement experiences at home, in pre-school settings and in their local community. They will have developed skills of control, co-ordination and manipulation and will have some awareness of space. Teachers should encourage their pupils to develop these fundamental movement skills as they are crucial to children’s long term health and well-being and support physical development.
Physical Development and Movement is about experiencing and developing a range of fundamental movement skills that improve co-ordination, locomotion, control, balance and manipulation. Physical development also helps children gain confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to feel the benefits of being healthy and active.
For further details see the Statutory Requirements for Physical Development and Movement at Foundation Stage.
The learning opportunities that Physical Education provides help young people to develop as:
- contributors to society, and
- contributors to the economy and environment.
For more information on Physical Development and Movement contact:
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2607
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2621
Developing Fundamental Movement Skills
This resource gives teachers and assistants support to plan, teach and assess Physical Development in the Foundation Stage.