We are fortunate enough to have a large outdoor area with access directly off of our classrooms. A large part of this area is covered meaning that children have access to free flow indoor / outdoor learning all year round. The area is fully resourced to support the learning in all areas of the curriculum. In addition to this, our school site has a Forest School area as well as a Nature / Gardening area. Children have the opportunity to develop skills through stimulating and challenging activities such as den building, which help to develop problem solving, collaboration and persistence, along with supporting many other areas of learning and development.
The environment and activities inside and outside are carefully planned to promote learning, so while it may look as though the children are ‘just playing’, actually they are learning all the time. Our timetable allows for long periods of ‘free flow’ independent play where children can access inside and outside learning, which enables them to become deeply involved in their learning.