EYFS Physical Development

Physical  Development – Early years framework 2012


Moving and handling


Experiment with different ways of moving

Jumps off an object and lands appropriately

Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed

or changing direction to avoid obstacles

Travels with confidence and skill around under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment

Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it

Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials

Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control

Shows a preference for a dominant hand

Begins to use anticlockwise movement and retrace vertical lines

Begins to form recognisable letters

Uses a pencil and holds it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed


Early Learning Goal


Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


Health and self –care


Eats a healthy range of foodstuffs and understands need for variety in food

Usually dry and clean during the day

Shows some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health

Shows understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges, and considers and manages some risks

Shows understanding of how to transport and store equipment safely

Practices some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision


Early Learning Goal


Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and healthy diet, and talkabout ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully , including dressing and going to the toilet independently. 

Contact the School

Longton Primary School

School Ln

Main Contact: Linda Masterson

Tel: 01772 612 495

SEN Contact: Julie Brown

SEN Email: bursar@longton.lancs.sch.uk