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Meryfield Primary School

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Physical Development

In Reception we will support children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. Developing their physical skills will include using scissors, climbing and holding a pencil correctly. By the end of Reception children will be able to:


Physical Development Gross Motor Skills

  • Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing.
  • Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.


Fine Motor Skills

  • Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases.
  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paintbrushes and cutlery.
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.