It is important that the first encounter our young children and their parent/carer have with school is a positive and happy experience. It is our intention to create a high-quality teaching and learning environment throughout our school, both indoors and outdoors, that is well-structured, purposeful, interesting and challenging. Outdoor learning is an integral part of our curriculum and is an essential part of the child’s daily environment and life, not an option or an extra. It is crucial to the child’s health and physical development.
‘Children can learn to make decisions, solve problems and grow in confidence in their own abilities outdoors and they need plenty of time to investigate their outdoor environment purposefully. They will make predictions about what may happen based on their previous play experiences and test out these ideas and theories.’ EYFS Outdoors, 2007
Each one of our children has the opportunity to grow their own produce in one of our school gardens which they will then harvest and bring back into our school kitchen to make healthy meals for themselves and class friends. We really do value the outdoors and the opportunities it provides to our learning!
‘The best classroom and richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.’ Margaret McMillan, 1925