Gymnastics for Foundation Stage Gemma Price, Physical Development Specialist: Foundation Stage
BANGKOK PATANA EARLY YEARS GYM Our Bangkok Patana Early Years Gym has now opened and we will be continuing to grow this wonderful space in the coming months. Here our younger children work to build their core strength and overall physical development through using the gymnastic equipment. I teach our students how to use the bars and rings for swinging, we practice forward, egg and pencil rolls on the wedges, and the children learn a range of jumps along with safe landing techniques.
scissors to cut pasta, and holding a pencil to write letters or make marks. We want the children to be able to use these fine motor tools with great control, and through engaging in fine motor activities the children are able to achieve this.
HEALTH AND SELF CARE Within this area we teach students how they can be safe when using equipment, and how to store equipment safely. We look at healthy eating and what a balanced diet looks like, and we talk about the importance of exercise and how our bodies feel after movement. Self-help skills are Physical Development is a prime area within the Early also a main focus with the children having ample time and Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This prime area is divided opportunity to learn how to put on their socks and shoes, into Early Learning Goals and for Physical Development wash and dry their hands and use the toilet independently. these are: Educational research tells us that young children learn Moving and Handling- Gross and Fine Motor Skills best through play. Physical Development lessons here at Gross motor skills require whole body movement and Patana are very much play based with a clear purpose involve the large muscles in the body to perform everyday in mind. functions. Examples include running, jumping on a Looking at class data I can see specifically which trampoline, rolling on a mat, crawling through tunnels and skills each class needs to focus on, and which skills climbing over frames and ladders. Gross Motor skills also include eye-hand coordination skills which are needed for individual students need to focus on. I create engaging and challenging lessons where children have a wealth of kicking a football, or catching a ball. opportunities in front of them to practice these key physical Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in the skills. hands. Examples of fine motor activities include using 12
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