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The Good Shepherd

Catholic Primary School

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"

Physical development

Here in the Good Shepherd EYFS, we believe physical activity to be vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives.

 

Gross and fine motor experiences start in our nursery with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through play and movement.  By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, our EYFS team support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility.  Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being.

 

As children move into reception, fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination and prepares them well for early literacy.  Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, including pencils, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.

In reception, twice weekly PE sessions are included in the curriculum to develop children's ability to work in teams and to develop leadership and interpersonal skills and to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. 

A reception gymnastics session focusing on strength, balance and co-ordination

Learning in nursery to move around our garden and use our apparatus safely, developing our gross motor skills

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With Love at the core of all we do at The Good Shepherd we: Learn to Love together, Love to Learn together, pray together and play together. Putting our faith into action. Growing in the Love and Truth of Christ in His Church for the benefit of all.
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