Physical Development - Reception

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The subject of Physical Development is considered a key subject.

According to the British Government: when forming a judgement about whether an individual child is at the expected level of development, educators should draw on their knowledge of the child and their own expert professional judgement. This is sufficient evidence to assess a child’s individual level of development in relation to each of the ELGs. Sources of written or photographic evidence are not required, and teachers are not required to record evidence.

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Physical Development

Early Learning Goals Hands-On Education Activity
PD 1 - Gross Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

PD/1.1 negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others

PD/1.2 demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing
PD/1.3 move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing
PD 2 - Fine Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

PD/2.1 hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases

PD/2.2 use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery
PD/2.3 begin to show accuracy and care when drawing

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