Our Large Outdoors Area

Our large outdoor area is linked as much as possible to our termly topics and is an extension to our indoor environment.   We have a free flow policy where children can move between environments. Within the space, we are lucky enough to have two large grass areas for children to play.    
 
Our large, wooden climbing frame effectively challenges both our Reception and Nursery age children. We have created learning areas to help children choose where they would like to play. Some areas are featured below.    
 
We have a Reading Area where children can comfortably enjoy books in our large tractor tyre, along with a Writing Area where we have large recycled cotton reels for children to sit at and write. There is stimulus to give children ideas about what to write.    
 
The outdoor space is a fantastic place to develop children’s imagination using our two role-play areas. There is a brilliant shed which with a bit of imagination can be turned into whatever interests the children.   Outdoor areas should be a place where children can be adventurous.    
 
We have a large Water Area with guttering for children to explore. Big water play excites children. We have outdoor waterproof suits which let children explore the water freely. We also have a mud kitchen where getting messy is the aim. Mud pies galore are created in this area! Children use real cooking utensils to make their creations.    
 
Noise is not an issue when outdoors, which is why we have begun to create a large music area where children can be as loud as they want. This is a very popular area! Developing physical skills has an integral role within the Early Years curriculum.    
 
Within our Outdoor Area we have places where children can develop both their fine and gross motor skills. Play equipment such as bikes and cars are a plenty and we have a fantastic track for children to ride on. We have large stepping stones for children to develop their coordination and a “Funky Fingers” table where fine motor activities are left out for children to explore.