Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

with ERS Provision

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Physical development in the Early Years is the process to develop a child's movement, handling of objects, understanding of their own body, health and levels of self-care. 

The group participate in a PE session (Real PE) every Tuesday afternoon where they experiment different ways of moving, negotiate space well, jump off an object and land appropiately, adjust speed and run skilfully changing directions. Some firm favourites in PE have been:

  • Yoga 
  • Taking risks on the large equipment 
  •  Developing our ball skills with the Soccer Stars team 
  •  Eggs in the basket 
  • Ring games including duck, duck, goose, farmers in his den and parachute games 


The group also know the importance of good health, diet and ways to keep safe. At Hilltop we are always encouraging independence and developing their manipulative skills. 

They also enjoy taking part in cookery opportunities which also links in with PSED (confidence & exploration). This years EYFS group have made the following: 

  • Jam tarts 
  • Gingerbread men 
  • Jam sandwiches
  • Loaves of bread 
  • Vegetable soup 
  • Fruit kebabs 
  • Animal biscuits 



Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage benefit from spending a lot of time learning through playing outside, whatever the weather. This makes a significant contribution to the excellent progress they make, particularly in their personal, social, emotional and physical development. Free Flow play is encouraged wherever possible with the children which allows them to move freely indoors or outdoors however they please.