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Family Friday- Gross Motor Skills

This morning we had a fantastic turn out for our Family Friday session on gross motor skills.  Gross motor skills play a crucial role in a child's overall development, including their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional growth. In the context of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the development of gross motor skills is highly significant. Here are some key reasons why gross motor skills are important in the EYFS:

  1. Physical Development: Gross motor skills involve the coordination of large muscle groups and the ability to control body movements. By developing these skills, children enhance their strength, balance, coordination, and overall physical fitness. This lays a foundation for various physical activities throughout their lives, such as sports, dance, and recreational pursuits.

  2. Cognitive Development: Gross motor skills contribute to cognitive development by improving brain function and neural connections. As children engage in physical activities, they develop spatial awareness, body awareness, and a sense of cause and effect. These skills form the basis for understanding concepts like distance, speed, and force. Additionally, physical play and movement stimulate the brain, leading to enhanced concentration, problem-solving abilities, and memory.

  3. Social and Emotional Development: Gross motor skills enable children to participate in group activities, interact with peers, and develop social relationships. Activities like team sports or group games encourage cooperation, communication, and teamwork. Children also learn about sharing, taking turns, and respecting others' personal space. Through physical play, they gain self-confidence, develop a positive self-image, and regulate their emotions.

  4. Sensorimotor Integration: Gross motor skills are closely linked to the development of sensory processing and integration. As children engage in various movements and physical activities, they receive sensory input from their environment and learn to interpret and respond to it. This integration of sensory information with motor skills helps children to navigate and interact with the world effectively.

  5. Overall Well-being: Active participation in gross motor activities promotes a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness from an early age. Regular physical exercise helps prevent sedentary habits, obesity, and related health issues. Furthermore, physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, which enhance mood, reduce stress, and contribute to overall well-being.

We had a fantastic time taking part in various gross motor activities.