Quarry School Place, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8LH

Physical Development

At Headington Quarry Foundation Stage School this year we would like children to 

To be able to take appropriately challenging risks and to use a variety of tools and resources independently and safely. 

Children will work through our progression of skills document to achieve these end points.

Physical development
The educational programme for Physical Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (2021) says: “Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives7. 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 through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can 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. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to 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, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and

Oral health is an important part of our curriculum. Here is a link to some resources to support you at home https://www.communitydentalservices.co.uk/oral-health-improvement/resources/

When it is the right time for your child we are here to support you with toilet training. The ERIC website has lots of advice and https://eric.org.uk/information/