The Foundation Stage
We encourage the physical development of our children in the Reception Class as an integral part of their work. As the Reception Class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.
40 - 60+ months
- Experiments with different ways of moving.
- Jumps off an object and lands appropriately.
- Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
- Travels with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.
- Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.
Lessons may include:
- Run at different speeds safely negotiating space and objects.
- Jump on the spot, 2 feet to 2 feet, at least 3 times consecutively, with some height achieved.
- Hop 4-6 times consecutively travelling forward on each foot separately.
- Skip forwards, step and hop co-ordinated effectively with alternate feet, may be flat footed.
- March with some co-ordination but unable to maintain opposite arm and leg action.
- Stand on one leg for about 4-6 seconds (right and left).
- Can walk on tiptoes for about 4metres.
- Walk around a circular line.
- Roll from their tummy to their back and onto their tummy. Roll may be disjointed, top and bottom half of body roll separately, legs may bend.
- Throw an object overhand, no step forward, in the direction of a person or target.
- Catch a large ball with two hands from about 1.5metres.
- Kick a stationary ball with follow through action of leg.
- Trap a ball that is rolled slowly towards them with dominant leg. Movement may be poorly timed.
- Remember how to start and finish a dance with at least one action in the middle.
- One against one. Play with a partner to complete a task.