• Communication and Language
    Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World
    Understanding the World
  • Physical Development
    Physical Development
  • Enrichment

    Nursery Physical Development Curriculum
    Children will be taught...

    EYFS Development Matters Statements Birth to Three

    • Lift their head while lying on their front.
    • Push their chest up with straight arms.
    • Roll over: from front to back, then back to front.
    • Enjoy moving when outdoors and inside.
    • Sit without support.
    • Begin to crawl in different ways and directions.
    • Pull themselves upright and bouncing in preparation for walking.
    • Reach out for objects as co-ordination develops.
    • Pass things from one hand to the other. Let go of things and hand them to another person, or drop them.
    • Gradually gain control of their whole body through continual practice of large movements, such as waving, kicking, rolling, crawling and walking.
    • Clap and stamp to music.
    • Fit themselves into spaces, like tunnels, dens and large boxes, and move around in them.
    • Enjoy starting to kick, throw and catch balls.
    • Build independently with a range of appropriate resources.
    • Begin to walk independently – choosing appropriate props to support at first.
    • Walk, run, jump and climb – and start to use the stairs independently.
    • Spin, roll and independently use ropes and swings (for example, tyre swings).
    • Sit on a push-along wheeled toy, use a scooter or ride a tricycle.
    • Use large and small motor skills to do things independently, for example manage buttons and zips, and pour drinks.
    • Show an increasing desire to be independent, such as wanting to feed themselves and dress or undress.
    • Start eating independently and learning how to use a knife and fork.
    • Develop manipulation and control.
    • Explore different materials and tools.

    EYFS Development Matters Statements Three to Four Year Olds

    • Continue to develop their movement, balancing, riding (scooters, trikes and bikes) and ball skills.
    • Go up steps and stairs, or climb up apparatus, using alternate feet.
    • Skip, hop, stand on one leg and hold a pose for a game like musical statues.
    • Use large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers, paint and make marks.
    • Start taking part in some group activities which they make up for themselves, or in teams.
    • Increasingly be able to use and remember sequences and patterns of movements which are related to music and rhythm.
    • Match their developing physical skills to tasks and activities in the setting. For example, they decide whether to crawl, walk or run across a plank, depending on its length and width.
    • Choose the right resources to carry out their own plan. For example, choosing a spade to enlarge a small hole they dug with a trowel.
    • Collaborate with others to manage large items, such as moving a long plank safely, carrying large hollow blocks.
    • Use one-handed tools and equipment, for example, making snips in paper with scissors.
    • Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding pens and pencils.
    • Show a preference for a dominant hand.
    • Be increasingly independent as they get dressed and undressed, for example, putting coats on and doing up zips.