The National Curriculum for EYFS emphasises the importance of physical development for our youngest children. Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. The key elements for physical development in the EYFS are below:
• Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
• Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
It is very important not only to work on physical development within a PE setting, but also a classroom setting. The whole child objectives in Get Set 4 PE lessons really link to the National Curriculum and developing these key skills, which will help our EYFS to develop effectively. PE lessons will focus on the following:
• Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.
• Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.
• Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
Our EYFS children will be taught a variety of basics throughout the school year to help develop basic fundamentals and ABC’s (Agility, Balance and Coordination).
Below is our curriculum map for EYFS: