Moving the Early Learning Goal Posts: PE
Ah yes, I’d heard there are new Early Learning Goals, but presumably they aren’t that different? Correct. As of September 2021, new Early Learning Goals (ELGs), drawn from the updated 2021 EYFS Framework are in place. The development towards these goals is explored in greater detail in the new non-statutory Development Matters. But, as you say, physical development (PD) which encompasses the basis of PE in the EYFS remains relatively unchanged. The new ELGs are:
PD: Gross Motor Skills
- Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others
- Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing
- Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing
OK, that was easy! Anything else I should be aware of? Yes, just one other thing: the new guidance for EYFS practitioners has removed the ‘exceeding’ categorisation for the EYFS Profile. However, this is for paperwork purposes only – an attempt to reduce the workload of teachers – not a removal of the need to challenge and extend able children. The DfE explains: “Teachers will be expected to continue to identify and stretch more able children.”
In a nutshell… Support Early Years teachers to reflect on and implement the foundations of PE.
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ADDED NOV 2019
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