Our Outdoor Settings
Research suggests the value of outdoor physical activity contributes to children's health and well-being as well as physical, social and emotional development. Natural environments enhance wonder and cognitive development, heightening observational skills and problem-solving strategies.
"Children need to take risks and challenge themselves when involved with physical active play...so they learn their own boundaries," (NICE 2009:38).
Church School is our weekly outdoor visit with the forest school leader, Jenny. Here the children enrich their understanding of the world exploring one of our local churches and surrounding areas. The church provides shelter and the perfect place to eat our pack lunches. The children go out in all weathers they enjoy exploring, investigating and noticing, flora, fauna and farm animals. Games they enjoy are hide and seek, parachute games, mini fencing as well as craft activities.
Beach School provides opportunities for children to explore and investigate the local environment they live in. The Dunes and beach provide a variety of experiences in all weather conditions that enable the child to become more robust, understanding the value of appropriate clothing, footwear and hopefully sun cream. Challenge enables the child to gain understanding of risk and how to assess it fostering self-regulation; following the rules of how to sit around a campfire and stay safe as well as only paddling and swimming on an incoming tide which results in fewer accidents and positive confident children.