The Outdoor Curriculum

Our vision and promise for the outdoors is that every child benefits from stimulating outdoor learning and play in their early years education. We provide opportunities for all children to develop their exploratory and creative drive, to be inquisitive, connect with nature and be more active and fully engaged in their own learning. The outdoor environment plays a huge role in supporting children to develop in all areas of learning and development and, most importantly, to have fun!

The outdoor environment provides our children with wonderful opportunities to develop their Speech and Language through den building, sharing and solving problems with their friends. Children develop their Mathematical skills through measuring, constructing, comparing and counting and their Physical Skills by running, climbing, sliding, pushing, pulling and pedalling. They develop their Knowledge and Understanding of the World through gardening, sand and water play and observing seasonal and daily changes, and develop their Creativity through dance, music and large scale art projects. Our wonderful garden provides children with a sense of freedom in a safe environment. Children are encouraged to explore and investigate and develop a more active and enquiry based approach to learning.

It makes an important contribution to developing resilience, problem-solving and decision-making skills and provides a safe environment in which to take risks. Outdoor learning has a vital part to play in developing and building children’s language and communication skills, confidence, self-esteem and motivation which supports learning in the classroom and beyond.

Our outdoor environment offers climbing structures, a mud kitchen, roof top vegetable gardens, bikes and balancing equipment, a purpose built outdoor classroom, a sensory storytelling and music garden, a gazebo filled with gardening resources, a wonderful digging and den building area and a hill for rolling and movement play.