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On 23rd February a group of local schools working collaboratively to develop and share good practice hosted a workshop for parents and early years professionals to understand how important muscle strength and core stability is in producing good writers.

The evening comprised a presentation by Lucy McNeil (co-Headteacher of Haddenham Infant School) who explained the science behind writing and how core strength, stability and stamina play a huge role in children's fine motor skills.

This was followed by local sports coaches from Ignite Sports, who informed parents about the importance of physical literacy and described exercises specifically to develop the core muscles.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS standards.

Representing the EYFS teams from each of the local schools were Mrs Moore from Haddenham Community Infant School, Mrs Mehta and Miss Tipping from Haddenham St. Marys School, Mrs Place from Cuddington and Dinton C.E School, Mrs Unsworth from Great Kimble School and Miss Guy from Quainton C.E Combined School.

They demonstrated a wide range of activities that could be employed at home in order to help children develop a stronger core.

(Images courtesy of Lucy McNeil, HCIS Co-Head Teacher)

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