Explain why physical activity is important to the short and long term health and well being of children. Physical activity supports a child’s overall health and well being. It helps with bodily development (i.e. muscle build up and heart and lung function). It helps tackle childhood obesity, promotes a positive attitude to sport, playing outside and other physical activities in later life.
Observe three different physical play activities in your setting. Using the observation reports identify the physical skills children are developing. You need to consider the movement skills travel, object control and balance and coordination.
Running races - Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles, Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.
Rugby posts (build a rugby post from uprights and a pole or drainpipe section and have players either side who aim to kick the ball over the post to the opposite players, whilst they try to catch it - Can catch a large ball, Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it., Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control
A balance beam made from a length of masking tape stuck to the floor, the children will try to balance on the tape, especially if you pretend the ground is deep water - Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping, Experiments with different ways of moving., Travels with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.
Consider how these activities promote other areas of children’s development Personal social Emotional...
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