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.
We realise that it can be daunting when tasked to buy school playground equipment for your outdoor space. Our design team have years of experience in child development and outdoor play with all products conforming to European Safety Standards, EN1176/7. We produce project designs which are beautiful, purposeful, and are created with the user and landform at the heart of the design. With our roots in landscape architecture and our history in play and learning Schoolscapes is the professional team, you need to realise your project.
New environments, routines and expectations after lockdown
As pupils settle into the new school year after months out of the classroom environment, it’s good to remember just how vital outdoor physical and social activity is in creating a positive educational experience in which all pupils can concentrate and achieve excellent learning outcomes.
Encouraging play supports every aspect of a child’s growth and development, from baby to adult; even adults love to play when they allow themselves the freedom to do so! So we could say play plays an important role in life from birth to death! Poet Pablo Neruda once wrote,
“A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn’t play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.”
Play helps to build new language, physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Different stages and types of play have different roles in child development.
Storytelling has stood the test of time, and within many schools, reading takes priority over all home learning. In the current situation, reading and learning to tell and adapt stories can benefit both children and adults while assisting homeschooling.
We all love stories, whether a fascinating story around a campfire; an exciting tale of heritage and history, passed down through the generations; an enjoyable novel on holiday or listening to a child’s first go at stringing events together in an accurate or amusing traditional or personal tale.
Storytelling is a celebration of all things story: from adventure stories to traditional tales, from mysteries to science fiction. Stories inspire the imagination and record histories from modern-day to the distant past. Storytelling supports the acquirement of so many skills from baby, through to child and onward into adulthood. It provides a holistic approach to personal development, building upon vocabulary, memory, imagination, emotional awareness and informing physical, spiritual and intellectual understanding.