Developing motor skills in EYFS and primary

Sian Evans
20th October 2016
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Resources to help your pupils improve their pencil technique, oral motor skills and other fine motor tasks

Students with special needs often experience problems with motor skills and need to spend a little more time working on these to help their schoolwork and life beyond the classroom. With this in mind, we’ve gathered a selection of resources, from tracing exercises to art activities, to offer pupils the support they need to develop these vital competencies. 

Pencil skills

Motivate young learners who are developing their pencil skills with these engaging tracing resources, which include a range of visual ideas from adding the spikes on a dinosaur to drawing a flower. Similarly for younger pupils, this selection of pre-writing worksheets is ideal to help learners improve accuracy when using a pencil. 

Combine number knowledge with pencil skills by introducing learners to this writing booklet. By writing over the top of numbers, pupils can become more familiar with their shapes and outlines. 

Creative fine motor tasks  

Try this art activity, either using paint or stickers, as a structured exercise that will focus pupils’ attention on putting a mark inside each of the circles on the page.

Alternatively, bring out the safety scissors and felt-tip pens to complete this alphabet task, which focuses learners by asking them to colour in and cut out individual letters. For even more practice, provide students with their own cutting book, packed full of different shapes to cut out and match to other shapes.

Oral motor exercises

Introduce learners to the wide range of emotions and focus on developing mouth movements with these facial expression pictures, which pupils can be encouraged to copy using a mirror. 

Why not challenge your learners with these oral motor games? From tongue exercises to games involving spoons, whistles and peanut butter, ensure that developing motor skills is both fun and beneficial. 

For more confident children, take the time to think about social situations and how to discuss personal experiences with these speaking and listening prompts. By practising these scenarios, pupils should feel more prepared for conversations in the future.  

Range of activities

Dive into this pack of fine motor activities with ideas that can be used in quick 10-minute intervention sessions as a way to regularly support learners who are struggling.

Or, this comprehensive list of ideas can provide inspiration for tackling key motor skills with your pupils, such as hand-eye coordination, pencil control and forming letters.  Finally, help learners to keep up the momentum and improve their fine motor skills with these activities, which can be used in the classroom as well as being shared with parents.

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