If you are looking around your Early Years outdoors area with an eye to make a change and unsure where to start, then here are 7 ways to improve your outdoor learning space which won’t cost the earth.
Daily, Unique EYFS Outdoor Provision, without Breaking your Back!
Children at Lanivet Under Fives Pre-School are now enjoying and benefitting from a new, varied and stimulating outdoor environment, which alters every day! The dedicated staff are still smiling and relaxed, the children are happy and excited. So how are they achieving this amazing balance between maintaining a manageable workload for the staff, but still providing inspirational, quality play experiences for their little ones? What’s their secret?
Are long playtimes a thing of the past?
When we think of our school days, we often have fond memories of break times, socialising with friends, enjoying the fresh air and having time to relax, away from the pressures of the classroom.
Playtimes are essential for developing friendships, having a break from learning and for stretching your legs. We all feel better and refocused after a break from whatever task we are doing, as a break improves concentration levels and improves our wellbeing.
Walk to School Week: 5 Day Challenge for your Pupils!
Walk to School Week 20-24th May 2019
Simply walking to school can bring many health benefits. Why not help your pupils to take the pledge to walk to school and join in with this country-wide celebration of walking? You can set your own ‘Walk to School’ challenges and encourage your children to come up with their own ideas to get active.
Do your pupils or school have pedometers and could they measure their steps to school? Then extend this to investigating their steps during the school day. They will be amazed at how their steps can soon add up!
Fresh Air Phonics! (Take Phonics Games Outside)
Daily phonics is an essential and integral part of everyday learning in a primary school, so sometimes both teachers and pupils start to feel that they are on an endless phonics treadmill. So why not revitalise your phonics sessions with a dash of fresh air and fun, by taking the children outside to play some hands-on phonics games?
We all know that day light, sunshine and the natural environment improve both pupils and staff’s well-being, so what’s not to love about taking phonics learning outside and reaping the multiple benefits at the same time as ringing in a change?