At Wellfield Methodist and Anglican Primary school, we feel that learning in the outdoors is just as important as in the classroom. Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. Children are allowed free contact with the natural world and offered experiences that are unique to the outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and life cycles. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their 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 environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks. The outdoor area at Wellfield 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.
Thank you to parents and grandparents who turned out in force for our first family fun afternoon. I hope you had a good time and found the afternoon very useful. The children really enjoyed seeing their parents and joining in with their learning.
We had a very special visitor today! Mrs Woodfine is year R's class governor and she was invited to open the new outside area. The children were very excited and couldn't wait to use the mud kitchen and the other areas which would now be available for them to explore and enhance their learning. The children do have access to appropriate clothing but from time to time they do forget so apologies for the odd muddy item of clothing.