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Physical Development

We develop fundamental movement skills, supporting students to become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others. All children have their own physical program, which may include physiotherapy; hydrotherapy; rebound therapy; MOVE etc. which form the basis of the school’s physical curriculum. Wherever possible, physical activity is functional and meaningful. For example, walking in a specialist walking frame to see a friend in another class. The main aim of encouraging moment is to increase independence, protect body shape and improve general health and morale.  The physical curriculum is an everyday part of our learners’ lives and will include; eye/hand coordination and fine motor control, posture, spatial awareness and orientation and movement. The exploration of art materials offers opportunity for our learners to work on things such as grasp, manipulation, feel, taste etc. which form the focus of the activity as opposed to the production of art work, it is the exploration and the physical practice that’s important. Opportunities to practice fine motor movements will come through switch work and through the manipulation of any materials and objects that are motivating to our pupils, whatever they are. Physical literacy and movement to music in school, for example, through Physibods, supports with building muscle memory and improvement of both gross and fine motor control. Our students require regular positional changes in order to engage in activities through the day.  Massage is used alongside stretches and positional changes as an activity to support with loosening of muscles and easing stiffness, it also supports body understanding and proprioception.



  • To increase confidence in movement and enjoyment of physical activity.
  • To compensate for restricted movement experiences through active/ passive participation in various movement experiences
  • To develop competence in a range of physical activities both gross and fine motor
  • To extend the range and control of movement initiated
  • To sustain physical activity for extended periods
  • To improve balance and postural mechanisms and encourage mobility and loco-motor skills
  • To increase agility, strength and co-ordination
  • To promote motor organisation and the ability to carry out purposeful movements.
  • Promote a healthy life
  • Promote an active life
  • To promote well-being
  • Engage with others in physical activities
  • To develop physical skills for leisure including outdoor opportunities.
  • To consider health and safety awareness.

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