Gross Motor

If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them out of their chairs. - Nicolette Sowder.

In our nursery at St.Petroc's primary School, the children have a range of opportunities throughout each session to develop their gross motor skills. We recognise the importance of gross motor skills to support our balance, strength, coordination and muscle endurance. Gross motor skill development also impacts on the development of fine motor skills, such as pinching and grasping which are all early writing skills. Before children can hold a pencil and manipulate it to make small scale marks, they need to develop coordination of the shoulder and elbow movements in order to move the hand in the way that is required to form letters.