Physical development helps children to gain confidence and helps them feel the benefits of being healthyand active. We are an Active Movement school. This programme incorporates national health initiatives and parent involvement. We know that the problem solving (not rote learning) part of the brain is stimulated by movement so sessions have an Active Start
Moving and HandlingChildren should be active and interactive to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement.
We have a studio space for music and dance sessions. Alternate weeks we have a football coach, who provides sessions for physical skills and team-building games. The nature of free-flow sessions enables children to access physical activities outside for the majority of the time. They can build with large blocks, climb, dig in sand or soil, play football, transport water and other materials. There are many opportunities for developing fine-motor skills using construction sets and malleable materials. Creative workshop areas contain scissors and hole-punches for children to effect change to materials. Children use tweezers to collect and count small items, or pick fruit pieces up at snack-time. There are mark-making opportunities everywhere, enabling children to draw and write using sand, water and a range of media.
Health and Self-Care
Effective physical provision helps children to develop a positive sense of well-being. With support, children develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and rest, as well as making healthy choices in relation to food. We include Relax Kids and child Yoga sessions to highlight the importance of rest.
We are a healthy school and provide healthy breakfasts and snacks. We expect parents to provide healthy lunches and there is the option of buying-in hot meals, cooked on the campus. The children grow food on our allotment for tasting/cooking and sample honey from our beehives. Children are encouraged to be as independent as possible, to put their coats on, use the bathroom, pour their drinks at snack-time or organise themselves at the self-service creative areas. Photo prompts are available as a reminder of what they need to do. We are a ‘Healthy Smiles’ school and practice tooth brushing with the children. Once babies have some teeth it is not recommended that they continue to use bottles and dummies. They change the shape of the palette and alignment of the teeth, affecting speech and language development. If children start nursery school still using bottles and dummies, we invite the ‘Bottle and Dummy Fairy’ to visit and encourage children to donate the bottles and dummies they no longer need, for babies to use. Use the link below for health visitor advice or speak to our Family Support Teacher.
Most children should be out of nappies during the day and able go to the toilet independently before they start at nursery school. They may have occasional accidents, but this is only to be expected. Use the link below for NHS advice. Our Family Support Teacher is also available and can support during the term before children are due to start in September. The summer holidays are ideal for toilet training.