Across all phases, as well as enhancing a sense of well-being, learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement and sensory and physical experiences. Outside learning enables our children to experience, understand and respect the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, for example, direct contact with the weather and the seasons. Working outside develops problem-solving skills and nurtures creativity, as well as offering opportunities for the development of imagination and resourcefulness. Playing outdoors provides opportunities for our children to play safely and freely whilst learning to assess risks and develop the skills to manage new situations.
Nursery and Reception children access the outside area throughout the year on a regular basis. Nursery children access the outside area at least daily, with the Reception children having the opportunity to access the outside environment five times a day. Seasonal changes are used to optimise the learning and opportunities in our outside environment. In addition to this there is a planned weekly adult initiated gross motor skills task.