The outdoor environment provides the space and the freedom for the type of learning that is difficult to replicate indoors. We believe all children have the right to the unique experience of learning outdoors. At Larkswood we have a mix of open space and bespoke outstanding play structures in each key phase. Each year we develop how these can be used to maximise the learning experience for all children.
Our outdoor learning enables children to:
- Attain higher levels of knowledge and skills. Improve physical health and motor skills.
- Engage with nature, be aware of the seasons and get some fresh air!
- Socialise and interact in new and different ways with both adults and peers.
- Improve concentration; enhance self-concept, mental health and well-being.
- Enhance teamwork, develop leadership skills and take supported risks.
- Change environmental behaviours and their values and attitudes.
At Larkswood we enable children to learn by working on a larger, more active scale than is possible indoors. We provide children with opportunities to work independently and collaboratively with enthusiasm and perseverance.
In our Nursery and Reception classes children are able to access the outdoor facilities throughout the school day. Children participate in adult led focus activities designed to encourage the development of the prime and specific areas of learning as well as having the freedom to explore child led initiatives.
In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
Children continue to develop key collaboration skills through working together outdoors. Children will further their understanding of their IPC topics by using the natural environment to investigate, and further, learning. Wherever possible the outdoor environment will be used to make cross curricular links, helping to secure learning through concrete experience. At Larkswood we continue to develop our outdoor learning facilities through projects such as ‘Putting the wood back into Larkswood’. We are working collaboratively with Pupils, Parents, Governors and outside agencies to create a sustainable garden that will support the National Curriculum and extend children’s experience of the natural world. Pupils will continue to take part in whole school outdoor events working with children across year groups to problem solve on collaborative projects.