Posted: Fri 2nd Oct 2015
We were very excited to open our new outdoor learning area this week which has been constructed mainly using reclaimed and second hand materials. The EYFS curriculum focusses on play based learning, working both indoors and outside. This courtyard will give the children many opportunities and inspire them to practise their literacy and maths skills, find out about the world and be creative. We are extremely grateful to the parents and local businesses that have helped us to set up this area within the school. Our special thanks go to Paul Whitehead, Haskins Garden Centre, Golden Screen and The Factory Shop for their kind donations.
The activities are open ended so the children can take risks and challenge themselves. We are hoping that they will take ownership of the opportunities out there and that the area will continue to develop according to their choices.
The mud kitchen offers opportunities for developing mathematics, understanding of the world as well as communication skills. The racing track is left blank so that it can be illustrated by the children themselves as they engage in deep play, developing their own narrative. All the plants are sensory so provide opportunities for investigation and understanding of the world.
A bug hotel has been partially built so that exploration can begin, but we will allow the children to complete it themselves so that they can understand better and take more ownership during our bug topic later on in the year. A HUGE thank you to Mrs Cawkwell who has lead the project and worked tirelessly to get it ready and also to Mrs Griffiths and the EYFS team for all their hard work.
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