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  • Playing outdoors multi sensory activity…. For example, seeing and touching the roots of a tree will bring to life the lesson their teacher taught about how plants get their nutrients
  • Northumbria_BA1_Charlotte Connor

    1. 1. DON’T BE A BORE, LET’S ALL PLAY OUTDOORS! Charlotte Connor
    2. 2. CONTENTS • Why play outdoors? • Cfg • What will your children be doing? • Safety • General concerns • Our Beliefs
    3. 3. WHY PLAY OUTDOORS? • Outdoor play is a multi-sensory activity. While outdoors, children will see, hear, smell and touch things unavailable to them when they play inside. • Playing outside brings together informal play and formal learning. Children can incorporate concepts they have learned at school in a hands- on way while outdoors. • Outdoor play promotes problem solving and expands vocabulary. As children navigate a world in which they make the rules, they must learn to understand what works and what doesn’t, what lines of thinking bring success and failure, how to know when to keep trying and when to stop. While playing outdoors, children may see an acorn, a squirrel and cumulous clouds. As they encounter new things, their vocabulary will expand in ways it never could indoors. CONTENTS
    4. 4. WHY PLAY OUTDOORS? • Playing outdoors stimulates creativity. Rocks, stones and dirt present limitless opportunities for play that can be expressed differently every time a child steps outside. Because there are no labels, no pre-conceived ideas and no rules, children must create the world around them. In this type of play, children use their imagination in ways they don’t when playing inside. • Outdoor play increases attention span. Time spent in unstructured play outdoors is a natural attention builder. Often children who have difficulty with pen and paper tasks or sitting still for long periods of times are significantly more successful after time spent outside. • Time spent outdoors improves children’s immune systems. Healthy children are stronger learners. As children spend more and more time outdoors, their immune systems improve, decreasing time out of school for illness. CONTENTS
    5. 5. WHAT WILL YOUR CHILDREN BE DOING? • Physical play Jumping, running, climbing, swinging, racing, yelling, rolling, hiding, and making a big mess is a large part of physical play. Your children will be using a variety of equipment on which they can develop fine and gross motor skills. • Constructive play Constructive play will be encouraged by using sand and water play, providing a place for art and expression, woodwork and blocks, wheeled toys and lots of other loose objects throughout the playground. • Social play Children need lots of opportunities outside to develop basic social skills and social competencies: pushing each other on the swing, pulling a wagon carrying another child, playing together in the sand. CONTENTS
    6. 6. SAFETY We believe children should learn to take risks in an outdoor environment however all equipment and play areas are thoroughly checked to keep with safety standards. • Our play areas are fenced to keep children within the perimeters • We make sure our play areas do not have places where children can become trapped and it is made sure we do not have natural equipment which would attract vermin and other such animals. • All our outdoor areas are checked regularly to make sure no poisonous plants are present. • Most importantly a teacher will always be supervising play, we aim to have the ratio of one adult to every five children. CONTENTS
    7. 7. GENERAL CONCERNS • Could my child get their clothing dirty? YES! We encourage parents to bring spare clothing for their children in the event of getting dirty. • Could my child feel left out? We are an inclusive nursery, your children will play outdoor games which help them become acquainted with each other and become friends. • Are all activities gender neutral? Yes, all our activities CONTENTS
    8. 8. • We believe providing for the outdoor play needs of young children is a complex and challenging task. • We understand a variety of factors must be considered, including the various play needs of young children, supervision and safety. • However, because children in today's society experience fewer and fewer opportunities to explore nature, run, roll, climb, and swing and because outdoor play is part of being a child, we believe we must find a variety of ways to provide quality outdoor play and learning experiences for young children. OUR BELIEFS CONTENTS