Our campus offers a number of safe, well-equipped spaces for outdoor learning, a major aspect of our Foundation stage curriculum (children ages 3-4).
Outdoor learning complements indoor learning and is equally important. Play and learning that flow seamlessly between indoors and outdoors enable children to make the most of the resources and materials available to them and develop their ideas without unnecessary interruption. Outdoor learning encompasses all that children do, see, hear or feel in their outdoor space.
Why Outdoor Learning is important
- supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles;
- offers children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement
- promotes a sense of confidence and well-being;
- provides opportunities for developing harmonious relationships with others, through negotiation,
- taking turns and cooperation;
- supports those children who learn best through activity or movement;
- provides safe and supervised opportunities for children to experience new challenges, assess risk and develop the skills to manage difficult situations;
- supports children’s developing creativity and problem-solving skills;
- provides rich opportunities for imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness;
- gives children contact with the natural world and offers them unique experiences, such as direct contact with the weather and seasons.
Source: The Early Years Foundation Stage Effective practice: Outdoor Learning © Crown copyright 2007. 00012-2007CDO-EN.