At Townley School we provide an enriching curriculum that includes outdoor learning in our lovely courtyard area. Outdoor learning is as important as indoor classroom learning for key stage 1 children. As you will see from the photographs above, our outdoor provision supports our topic learning and further stretches our pupils beyond the classroom. We have various activities set up for the children to access based loosely around a maths area, writing area and science area.
The outdoor environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Young children predominately learn through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.
Outdoor play supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness. Children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy, and to develop their physical capabilities. The outdoor area at Townley is designed to give our children the opportunity to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations.
It is also a calming area which should promote well-being. We have a sensory shed, bamboo wind chimes and lavender in a hanging basket to nurture all senses. We will further develop the sensory provision throughout the first term.