Move with Max’ is an EYFS programme that supports teachers to deliver fundamental movement skills (FMS) through readily available story books. The programme makes links with the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the ‘Durham Progression of Skills’ documents to support the teaching of topics through physical activity.

The ‘Move with Max’ programme includes:

  • 40 physical activity cards linked to well known and loved children’s storybooks (Aliens Love Underpants, The Gruffalo, Tiny Whale a Fishy Tale & Jack and The Incredibly Mean Stalk)
  • Assessment criteria for Nursey and Reception aged children

There are four sets of themed cards in each pack:
Up in Space, Under the Sea, In the Woods, Jack and the Incredibly Mean Stalk

Research suggests that early childhood is an extremely important phase to acquire and develop FMS, in particular between 3-5 years old. Hence, ‘Physical Development’ being classified as a prime area of learning. It is also widely accepted that physical development supports the progress of the child across other areas of learning, ensuring they can access general daily tasks.

A child’s environment has a critical role in shaping their behaviours and children should be given the opportunity to explore their physical capabilities and to develop these throughout their free play. However, it must be acknowledged that research highlights that FMS do not develop naturally through the maturation process. Therefore, FMS programmes should be put in place to allow for the acquisition, development and reinforcement of these basic skills.