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What does the EYFS say about outdoor learning?

What does the EYFS say about outdoor learning?

The frameworks state that all EYFS children must have access to an EYFS outdoor play area. Outdoor learning has been shown to inspire children and to reconnect them with nature.

What makes a good EYFS outdoor area?

a quiet area with seating for talk and looking at books. a growing and planting area to provide vegetables, herbs and flowers (and to create interest in insects, birds etc) an investigation area for sounds/movement/dens/sand/water/mud etc. an area for vigorous physical activity.

What are the benefits of outdoor play for a child’s development?

Physical Development Benefits of Outdoor Play

  • Improved Motor Skills. Outdoor play leaves kids with more advanced motor skills than their “indoor” peers, including coordination, balance and agility.
  • Lower Body Mass Index.
  • Improved Overall Health.
  • Improved Muscle Strength.

What is an outdoor environment?

Outdoor environment: Open-air space where program activities take place, including entrance and exit areas, all outdoor play spaces at the program site, nearby areas that children use (such as a local park).

What makes a good EYFS lesson?

The 3 characteristics of effective teaching and learning in the EYFS are: Playing and exploring: children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’ Active learning: children concentrate and keep on trying if they find things difficult, and enjoy achievements.

What is learning through the outdoors?

Outdoor Learning is active learning in the outdoors. In Outdoor Learning participants learn through what they do, through what they encounter and through what they discover. Participants learn about the outdoors, themselves and each other, while also learning outdoor skills.

Why kids should play outside in winter?

Children need to play outside every day, even in winter. Going outside to run, jump, yell, and wiggle allows children to use their large muscles and work off extra energy. Moving out into the fresh air is also healthier for children than keeping them inside a closed building where germs can easily spread.

How do you build an outdoor area in a nursery?

  1. Balance opportunities such as wooden balance beams, stepping stones or planks.
  2. Construction zone with wooden building blocks (check they are suitable for being used outdoors) or ‘real’ bricks and crates.
  3. Mark making area with easels, freestanding chalk boards or clip boards and pens.
  4. Mud kitchen with bowls and pans.

How should you plan for outdoor play?

Organize parties, play dates, celebrations at outdoor places and choose gardens, water parks, playground or amusement parks. Parents can buy entry tickets of these places for all invited children as return gifts. Plan outdoor games like musical chairs, jumping race or just play with your little guests under the sky.

How do you get the most of a small outdoor space?

10 Ways to Make the Most out of a Small Outdoor Space

  1. Built-in Bench. View in gallery.
  2. Outdoor Rug. View in gallery.
  3. Small Garden. View in gallery If your patio is a bit larger than you may want to have large plant blocks.
  4. Outdoor Drapes.
  5. Patterned Throw Pillows.
  6. Multifunctional Furniture.
  7. Fire Pit Table.
  8. Paint Your Space.

What are the characteristics of an enabling outdoor play environment?

It offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors. Playing outside gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons, and the natural world, and outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.