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PE Lessons in Early Years Education at Alice Smith

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The Alice Smith School Physical Education (PE) department is passionate and dedicated to the provision for Early Years children and feel that your child’s experiences in their PE lessons build the foundations for happy, healthy and active lives. The school delivers a bespoke programme which has been carefully considered for every child using Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS).

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At Alice Smith, your child will experience three PE lessons each week, one of which will be swimming. The PE team carefully plans lessons each week designed around the three areas of the Fundamental Movement Skills: locomotion, stability and manipulation. The core philosophy is the creation of engaging, fun and active lessons that support learning.

These lessons are taken with a specialist team of PE teachers who are highly experienced in designing lessons that engage students at the same time supporting their physical development and learning.

Here is a great Instagram video showing the children in action as they develop their locomotive


Locomotor skills allow children to move through different environments, moving their body from one place to another. The locomotor skills at Alice Smith are running, jumping and rolling in addition to stepping, climbing and crawling skills.

In a nutshell, locomotor skills are the ways in which we move! It’s essential that children get plenty of practice with their locomotor skills because they’re the building blocks of moving with confidence and competence.

Locomotor skills support the development of physical literacy which is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.
(Source: Whitehead, 2016)


Follow Alice Smith School Early Years YouTube channel to see how we incorporate creative activities into our curriculum or follow our Instagram account.

You can also download our eBook, filled with activities, ideas for home play and insights into setting your child up for future success.


At the Alice Smith School, your child will enjoy play-based learning experiences that are planned around their interests, curiosities and natural quest for knowledge; leading to inquiry, investigations, discovery and active hands-on exploration.

Inspiring your child to engage in activities which do exactly this is at the root of the school’s approach. Highly skilled and knowledgeable staff provide a challenging, rigorous and engaging curriculum. This is supported by teaching which is heavily influenced by a number of recognised approaches as to how children best learn at this age including Reggio Emilia, Anna Ephgrave, Maria Montessori and Alistair Bryce-Clegg.

Find out how Alice Smith can offer your child a truly global experience with outstanding learning opportunities! Hear from the Principals, tour the campus and meet with students and generally get a sense of how dynamic the school is.

Book a visit here.

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