Our outside learning environment is set within a natural space, in the Foundation Stage outdoor area. We also have access to a pond and garden. With an outdoor approach to education and play, we focus on developing personal, social and emotional life skills through nature-based learning.
We aim to develop:
- Self awareness
- Self regulation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Good social communication skills
- A growth mindset
- Self-esteem and confidence
Miss Fran Morley works in Reception as an Outdoor Education Leader. Before joining St John’s in September 2016 she spent 3 years working at an Outdoor Education Centre in South Yorkshire. With a degree in geography and certificates in outdoor education, Miss Morley is very passionate about the environment. Each week, every child is given an opportunity to have a first-hand experience in the outdoors, activities range from gardening to nature walks and den building. Children are taught to touch carefully, look closely and enjoy our environment. Every activity is ‘hands on’ and practical.
Outdoor education is becoming increasingly popular – direct experience out of doors stimulates and reinforces learning across many areas of the EYFS curriculum. Learning outdoors gives all children the chance to achieve, develop confidence and increase self esteem. A child’s social skills also develop through regular team work and problem solving. Being out of the classroom creates a relaxed atmosphere for children to challenge themselves and explore new opportunities…something the Chicks and Ducklings love!
Click on the links below for some ideas about how to foster a love of the outside at home: