At Stapleford Community Primary School we believe that the Early Years are critical in children’s development and that the EYFS builds a firm basis for future learning, development and independence. We aim to:
We spend a morning in the school's Moat area for 'Forest school' type activities once a week. The benefits of outdoor learning for children are:
Outdoor learning helps children to grow in confidence as a result of the freedom, time and space they are given in their learning. This allows them to demonstrate independence at their own rate.
2. Social skills
Activities such as sharing resources and participating in play help teach the children to work together as a group, which strengthens their bonds and social ties.
The sensory experiences provided help prompt language development. Improving communication skills has a positive effect on a child’s self-esteem and is a crucial part of their development.
4. Motivation and concentration
High levels of interest lead to high levels of attention. Spending time in the woodland is exciting for a child. It tends to fascinate them which develops a strong will to participate and concentrate over long periods of time.
5. Physical skills
The increase in outdoor activity is bound to have a positive physical impact. Not only does the development of physical stamina improve but also gross and fine motor skills.
6. Knowledge and understanding
Children develop an interest in the great outdoors and respect for the environment. Encouraging children to develop a relationship with the natural world will help in protecting the environment for generations to come.
7. Enjoyable for the children
Outdoor Learning is fun! It is educational whilst also allowing children to play, explore and discover. Children who participate in Forest Schools are generally observed to be happier. The fresh air, the excitement, getting mucky – it doesn’t get child friendlier than that.
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