Introduction to ‘Physical Development’
Physical development is all about movement, awareness of the body, gaining a sense of space and understanding health and what the body needs.
This area of learning looks at how children develop their ability to move their bodies, hands, feet and fingers and use their senses and movements to explore the world around them.
You might have heard people talk about ‘fine’ motor skills or ‘gross’ motor skills. These skills are simply actions that involve a person using their muscles. Fine motor skills are small precise movements and gross motor skills are larger movements. Like any other skill, babies and children need to practice movements regularly to get them right.
At CBeebies, we have linked our 7 learning areas with the EYFS curriculum. Our ‘Physical Development’ area closely matches the EYFS curriculum area of Physical Development.
What is the EYFS?
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a curriculum used by all care and education providers working with children from birth to the age of five (or the end of your child’s reception year).
It describes how adults working with young children can support the development of a child’s existing knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of their learning.
The EYFS recognises that all children are individual and will learn and make progress at their own pace, aiming to achieve the Early Learning Goals by the end of their reception year.
The EYFS curriculum is delivered through a play-based approach to learning, offering fun and practical activities and hands-on experience. As a parent or carer, you will know your child best and it’s important that you share your knowledge of your child’s achievements with the adults they are working with.
The EYFS is currently divided into 6 areas of learning. These areas are:
Ideas for supporting your child’s physical development with CBeebies
The CBeebies website has a big choice of songs that both you and your child can enjoy moving and dancing along to. Here are a few ideas for games you can do at home to support physical development: