Foundation Stage Physical Development and Movement

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.

Curriculum Objectives

The learning opportunities that Physical Education provides help young people to develop as:

  • individuals,
  • contributors to society, and
  • contributors to the economy and environment.

Contacts

For more information on Physical Development and Movement contact:

Lyn Lynch
llynch@ccea.org.uk
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2607

Jenny Robinson
jrobinson@ccea.org.uk
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2621

Resources

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills

This resource gives teachers and assistants support to plan, teach and assess Physical Development in the Foundation Stage.

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Balance 1.14 MB - uploaded 13-02-2014

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Catch 882.88 KB - uploaded 13-02-2014

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Hop 1.62 MB - uploaded 13-02-2014

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Jump (Distance) 932.12 KB - uploaded 13-02-2014

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Jump (Height) 1.07 MB - uploaded 13-02-2014

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Sprint 1.42 MB - uploaded 13-02-2014

Developing Fundamental Movement Skills: Teacher's Guide 1.04 MB - uploaded 13-02-2014