…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.
HOW WE ACHIEVE THESE GOALS:
In movement and drama sessions children can learn to control and imaginatively use their bodies. Indoors this allows children to be aware of space and of other people’s need for space. In addition we play simple ball games like catching and throwing, skittles, rolling balls etc., to improve co-ordination. Children play on large and small equipment in our outdoor play area. The children have out door play every day, morning and afternoon as long as it isn’t raining really hard. We have a grassy area with all kinds of equipment to develop physical skills and also problem solving and creativity. Lots of loose parts encourage the children to think outside the box. We also have a hard surface for bikes, ride-in cars, balls and hoops etc. which is currently under development as we await planning permission to build a covered outdoor area.
Fine motor control is encouraged by use of construction toys, dolls, puzzles etc. and by using scissors, glue and paintbrushes, pencils and chalks. Discussions about safe play, exercise and healthy eating make children aware of the importance of looking after themselves.
Snack time and lunch time provides the perfect opportunity to focus on eating healthily on a daily basis.
Our thematic work also focuses on many aspects of healthy physical development such as exercising to stay fit, keeping our teeth healthy.
A yoga teacher comes in regularly to encourage calming, stretching, balancing to stay happy and healthy.
Other visiting professionals include our local golf expert!