This weekend myself and three other Brabyns colleagues took part in a charity cycle ride that covered the Monsal Trail both ways. The ride covers the original train line that used to run along that route, encompassing tunnels, viaducts and the original stations. Whilst on the ride it confirmed my thoughts on how beneficial being active outdoors can be and this can translate to education too.
I am a strong believer that children should be given ample opportunities to learn in the outdoor environment, whatever the weather. I now ensure that the Nursery children start their day off by ‘running their jiggles off’ on the astro-turf. This involves them participating in daily mile races, playing football games and even going on nature hunts around the grounds. From my own observations, this helps the children settle, be focused and be ‘ready to learn.’
Having observed Continuous Provision Time in both the Nursery and Reception classes, I have seen an improvement in the children’s academic, personal and social development. It helps develop the children’s knowledge and understanding, respect for the environment, motor skills, self-development (resilience, confidence), relational development (team building) and transferable skills (communication, problem solving, initiative, risk taking), as well as helping to broaden their horizons, and supports their health & wellbeing.
Our recent Forest Activities Workshop for children and parents was extremely beneficial in educating others of this and hopefully further promote the benefits of outdoor play and the role it plays in children’s education. Here are some photos of the day workshop here.