Physical development

The children are encouraged to build their fine and gross motor skills and develop knowledge of healthy choices through an environment purposefully designed for children to explore and engage in activities which advance their control, co-ordination and movement skills as well as support their growing knowledge of health and well-being.   

Vocabulary children will be regularly exposed to through Physical Development

Build Clap Safe, safest, safety Careful
Fruit Vegetables Healthy Exercise
Choice Balance Control Hold
Walk Dance Climb Hop
Run Jump Skip Pinch
Cut Touch Take turns Kick
Throw Catch    

Early Learning Goals

ELG: Gross Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;
  • demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing; and
  • move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

ELG: Fine Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases;
  • use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery; and
  • begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.


West Ashton curriculum Date  
Progression map: physical development 16th Apr 2024 Download