Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Autumn Term Activities:

Mark making with a variety of resources.

Hanging friendship cards on our friendship tree.

Parachute name games.

Jigsaws with a friend.

Dressing in role play costumes.

Use of utensils at dinner time.

Carrying their own dinner tray.

Learning how to use a pencil sharpener.

Manipulating fingers in counting activities.

  • L. Goal Moving and handling Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • 30-50 months Reception Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.
  • ELG skills Reception Safely negotiate space.

Spring Term

  • 30-50 months Reception Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • 30-50 months Reception Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.
  • 30-50 months Reception Draws lines and circles using gross motor movements.
  • 30-50 months Reception Uses one-handed tools and equipment.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Experiments with different ways of moving.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Begins to form recognisable letters.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.
  • ELG skills Reception Show good control in large and small movements.
  • ELG skills Reception Handle equipment and tools effectively.
  • ELG skills Reception Handle pencils effectively for writing.
  • ELG skills Reception Move confidently in a range of ways.

Summer Term

  • 30-50 months Reception Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.
  • 30-50 months Reception Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • 30-50 months Reception Uses one-handed tools and equipment.
  • 30-50 months Reception Can catch a large ball.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Experiments with different ways of moving.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Begins to form recognisable letters.
  • E. L. Goal Moving and handling Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Hop confidently and skip in time to music
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Hold paper in position and use their preferred hand for writing, using a correct pencil grip.
  • ELG skills Reception Show good control in large and small movements.
  • ELG skills Reception Safely negotiate space.
  • ELG skills Reception Handle equipment and tools effectively

Health and Self-Care

Autumn Term Activities:

Use of instruction cards-toileting and washing hands.

Going to the toilet when needed.

Exploring fruit at snack time.

Trying new food at dinner times.

Dressing up in role play costumes.

Using new resources safely and appropriately, e.g pencil sharpener, moving outdoor resources such as logs, poles.

  • E. L. Goal Health and self-care Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
  • 30-50 months Reception Dresses with help.
  • ELG skills Reception Manage their own personal needs.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Dress and undress independently, successfully managing fastening buttons or laces.


Spring Term

  • We will practise being safe whilst using tools, e.g. scissors, split pins.
  • We will introduce teeth brushing after dinner-keeping our bodies healthy.
  • We will be exploring how we can stay safe when moving resources-sometimes large boxes, bikes and crates.

Summer Term

  • 30-50 months Reception Can usually manage washing and drying hands.
  • 30-50 months Reception Dresses with help.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Shows some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.
  • 40-60+ months Reception Practises some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision.
  • E. L. Goal Health and self-care Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
  • Exceeding ELG Reception Dress and undress independently, successfully managing fastening buttons or laces.
  • ELG skills Reception Manage their own basic hygiene.
  • ELG skills Reception Explain why exercise is good for them.
  • ELG skills Reception Talk about ways to keep safe.