Our Outdoor Play
Think back to your own childhood, what is your happiest childhood memory? Whenever we ask this question we are usually given an answer that involves playing outdoors: on a bike, climbing a tree, kicking a ball, sledging. Children learn ‘real things’ when they play outside. They learn concepts such as enormous and small. When children look in a picture book at a tree and a lady bird they cannot accurately comprehend their differences in size. However, when outside children can look in awe at an enormous tree and in wonder at a lady bird on their hand. They can feel the effects of trekking to the woods on their bodies as they learn about the benefits of exercise and compare colours of leaves from brown to gold to red. All five senses are stimulated and these are the things that really make a difference to children’s learning.