Outdoor learning environments
We place a very high priority on providing high quality learning opportunities for all children in our outdoor learning environments. Children have the opportunity to play and learn outside for a large portion of their session - whatever the weather!!! We provide the coats and wellies for the children to wear.
At Netherton Park Nursery School we are very lucky to have a woodland area within our grounds where groups of children access 'nature play' sessions. During these sessions children are involved in hands-on learning, developing skills such as risk taking, perseverance and independence. These are the foundations that children need to learn successfully within the classroom.
Children experience a range of different learning opportunities and activities which will support them in their learning and development. These include: using tools, making dens, following trails and scavenger hunts, identifying birds, trees and minibeasts.
Part of this is teaching children about risks and how to evaluate them. Activities are introduced when the staff feel the children in the group are ready. We teach them to be actively responsible for themselves, their choices and their actions.
From our nature play sessions we want all children to become independent, reflective and inquisitive explorers, developing confidence, self-esteem and to be able to show respect for others and the natural world.