We’ve revamped our early years outdoor learning environment with exciting outdoor resources that will encourage our children to explore, investigate, experiment and think imaginatively.
With a focus on messy play, we installed the following:
Water Wall – a new hub for investigative learning which can be used to introduce children to scientific topics such as water flow, gravity and kinetic energy.
Water Table – this can be used to introduce children to both scientific and mathematical concepts.
Dig Pit – when children dig, they will develop good eye hand coordination, large muscle skills and improve their fine muscle control when they mould and manipulate the soil.
Rope and Pulley Materials Mover – children will use this t transfer materials and create their own quarry/production line.
To encourage outdoor mark-making, we installed both an outdoor chalkboard and whiteboard. Additionally, we installed a wonderful Easel Table, where children can sit and share their artistic creations with each other.
For outdoor seating, we added a Quad Seat Planter and a Bespoke Corner Planter. Children can now grow their own flowers for both benches, connecting them with the natural world and helping them understand the plant life cycle.
We worked with Pentagon Play on this project who are one of the leading providers of school playground equipment in the UK. If you’re looking to develop your outdoor area, we highly recommend them.
You can visit their website here – www.pentagonplay.co.uk
Year 4 visited the crematorium as part of their Corporal Acts of Mercy - "Bury the Dead". They visited the areas of the graveyard and crematorium and were involved in a discussion with the Crematorium Superintendent!
Year 3 have been on two trips this week! Firstly, on Monday to the Butterfly House at Lancaster’s Williamson Park and finally yesterday to Salisbury Woodland to release the butterflies that had hatched from the cocoons. The engagement of the children has, with this trip, been exceptional. The children’s knowledge is something else - having listened so well to the experts from the Butterfly House on Monday. Well done to all in Year 3. Take a look at the images on the screen in the foyer and on our website.
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