An outdoor learning classroom has been created for the children at Daisykins Nursery. The outdoor classroom will enable children to fully embrace the seven areas of the EYFS. Practitioners have spent time looking at how best to organise this area, providing children with the opportunity to freely access a range of activities such as sand play, mark making, painting and construction play.
As a large fixed wooden gazebo shelters the outdoor learning classroom, this allows children to access this area in all weathers. When playing outside practitioners support children on their journey of learning, asking open-ended questions and enhance their play with further resources.
The children were very eager to participate in activities set up in the learning outdoor classroom, they looked at what resources were available and then sat at the tables to explore them further. Children used the note books to write shopping lists, while others painted a picture for their loved ones. The children were very intrigued by a dinosaur world that was created by a practitioner; they were able to name the dinosaurs.
Children used their gross motor skills to dig in the sand, they scooped up the sand and filled their buckets to the top. With the support of a practitioner, they made sandcastles and were very eager to knock them down.
As part of encouraging the children to make choices practitioners in Pre-School sat and discussed with the children what they would like their role play area to be turned into.
The children all decided they would like their role play to be school, they talked about what resources they would like such as registers, an area for their lunch boxes, PE kit, pens to write with and exercises books to do their homework.
Once the resources were gathered the children helped the adults set up the area and they couldn’t wait to play the role of being a teacher. The children used the resources accordingly and reenacted playing the role of a teacher, taking the register and asking the children to get changed for PE.
As the pre-school children at Daisykins Nursery will be starting school soon, creating a role play area based on the theme ‘school’ will help ease the transition to school.