Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness. This term the children will continue to use a wide range of mark making tools encouraging the correct pencil grip and the development of control. They will also have support to begin to develop their scissor skills and work with playdough in our playdough kitchen role play area.
As the term goes by there will be a variety of opportunities to use their motor skills for cooking. We will be making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and gingerbread biscuits and practicing using chop sticks for our Chinese New year Feast.
Outside, our gross motor sessions will continue, the children will experience using a wide variety of vehicles: Scutter Bugs, trikes of all sizes, scooters, balance bikes and space hoppers. Additionally, the children will all have access to our climbing frame. While riding on vehicles will be encouraged to create and develop their own obstacle courses and road layouts and record these as maps using their mark making skills
They will also continue to be encouraged to build and climb on around and under their own creations using the large building equipment in our outside learning area like types, planks and crates.