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Physical Development

During the Spring term the pupils will have the opportunity to develop physical skills through a variety of activities.  These activities include working on fine motor skills through mark making with our bodies and using tools e.g. paint brushes, pens etc.  Furthermore the pupils will access a variety of resources both indoors in the classrooms, specialist rooms and also outdoors to explore and work on independent physical targets through, play,  gymnastics and yoga.


Please find a few of the activities attached that the pupils are accessing this term for you to share with your child at home, outdoors and at parks etc.  Have Fun.

'Physical activity is vital in children's all round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives.  Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of child's strength, co-ordination and positional awareness.  - Development Matters, DfE, 2021.

As part of our topic about routines 'Wake up Shake up'.....

We will be exploring water confidence, physical skills and following the story Kippers bath time in the swimming pool and in the classroom using water baths/trays.


At home you could encourage your child to take part in these fun activities:


Kippers Bath Time


  • Bubbles – blow bubble in the water with mouth, blow soap bubbles, push bottles under water to make bubbles.
  • Toys – Exploring water toys, making choices (Objects/photos/symbols). Use choice board. Turn take.
  • Sponges – “This is the way I wash my face, arms, legs etc.” Role play.  Fill and squeeze sponge over different parts of body.
  • Shower – Fill and pour from watering can, spray over body, face, etc.
  • Towels – When supporting your child to use their towel, encourage them to be as independent as possible. Talk about what you are drying.  Ask questions “Where are your feet, head etc.”


Ideas for Story Time: Kipper's Bathtime

Experience Box - Short video on how to create an Experience Box based on the book "Kipper's Bathtime" (1:48)

Goldilocks Yoga

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Here are some of the other action rhymes we are following this term:

I’ve Got a Body

I’ve got a body

A very busy body

And it goes everywhere with me.

And on that body I’ve got a nose

And it goes everywhere with me.

And I sniff sniff here, sniff sniff there,

Sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff everywhere.

I’ve got a body, a very busy body

And it goes everywhere with me.

And on that body I’ve got some hands

And they go everywhere with me.

And I clap clap here,

Clap clap there, Clap clap clap clap everywhere. Sniff sniff here, Sniff sniff there,

Sniff sniff sniff sniff everywhere.

I’ve got a body…….

And on that body I’ve got some feet

And they go everywhere with me.

And I stamp stamp here, Stamp stamp there, Stamp stamp stamp stamp everywhere.

Clap clap here… Sniff sniff here…

I’ve got a body…….


Here we go round the ……..


Sung to: here we go round the mulberry bush


Here we go around the PE hall/swimming pool the swimming pool here we go around the PE hall/swimming pool on a Monday/Wednesday morning


pick an action demonstrated by a child e.g. splash/ kick/ jump

This is the way we kick our legs, kick our legs, kick our legs

This is the way we kick our legs on a Monday/Wednesday morning




Wake Up Shake Up


Wake up Wake up – sway

Give yourself a shake-up – wriggle

Get body your body moving – wriggle

Reach up Jump up – jumps

Give your friends a thumbs up

It’s another new day


Get your feet dancing to the beat – kicking

Get your body moving  - wriggle

Raise a shout (HEY) let your feelings out – jump

It’s another new day


When encouraging fine motors skills you could explore some of the following activities together:


Make playdough together

  • Make a ball: poke and squeeze to make it into a face
  • Roll a sausage: make fingers and make it into a hand
  • Use tools such as a toothbrush or a comb to make marks

Use a bed template

  • Design the bed clothes with coloured pencils/crayons/chalks
  • Make a patchwork quilt with scraps of fabric
  • Paint the design with fingers or paint brush
  • Sprinkle the design using coloured rice
  • Find the picture (Goldilocks/Peace at Last Bears) beneath the porridge

Dress up

  • Put on/take off pyjamas, a dressing gown or slippers
  • Do up/undo the buttons or tie the belt
  • Cover/uncover with a blanket or quilt
  • Crawl inside a tent/bed to go to sleep
  • Use clothes fastenings puzzle

Bathroom activities

  • Squeeze a tube of toothpaste
  • Brush teeth
  • Brush hair
  • Use a variety of toothpastes as finger paint
  • Paint with toothbrushes using toothpaste
  • Squeeze sponges to make them drip
  • Use wet sponges to print on sugar paper
  • Use sponges to print with liquid soap