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Early Years - The Outdoor Environment

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Sue Durant and Sheila Sage are early years advisors, passionate believers in using the outdoor environment as an "integrated part of the classroom".

In this programme we see how a reception class gets involved in two activities: a simulated journey to Bear Island and constructing a shelter for teddy bears. The children clamber through specially-built tunnels, over mountains and across holes and ice fields.

In an introductory theatre exercise, Sue works with a group of children as they use hammers, sticks, rope, chain and a camouflage net to build a shelter. We hear about health and safety concerns; the need to communicate with parents and guardians and the benefits of using the outdoor environment to play and learn.

Key points:

  • Outdoor activities provide a valuable learning experience
  • Improve balance and confidence through play
  • Sue and Sheila share their valuable experience

Part of the series: Primary TAs

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