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Learning Through Nature - Outdoor Learning

" The best classroom and richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky" Margaret Macmillan (1919)

Welcome to our Learning through Nature pages.  Please feel free to download the activity sheets in the menu on the right hand side.




To allow children to take initiative to play and to use their imagination


To provide opportunities for children to be physically active and to deal with taking risks and knowing their own limitations


To have fun and to encourage a healthy active lifestyle


To build stamina


To build social and co-operative skills


To develop language through doing, through having something to talk about, through need to negotiate


To used thinking and talking to problem solve


To gain greater knowledge and understanding of the natural world


To gain appreciation of conserving our natural world


Observations indicate that children show:


Confidence and skills - children know about safety in the enviroment, they know their own capabilities and limitations, set themselves challenges but are aware when they must use caution.  They are not afraid to try something new.


Good co-ordination - co-ordination skills and are physically competent and agile 


High self-esteem with a positive self-image - make own choices; they explore their environment deciding what to do when and how to do it


More Language - they use language more; they have something to talk about and develop and richer, wider vocabulary 


Good social skills - they negotiate and organise themselves; have time to work together, argue, plan, design and construct and time to observe each other


Independence - develop good problem solving and creativity skills; find their own resources in the enviroment; they are creative and imaginative and explore using all their senses


High levels of involvement - they remain focussed


Competence in handling real tools (hammers, saws, axes) - purposeful, proper and appropriate use of tools, with lots of time to practise


Good observation skills - children learn from each other; comment on what they see, touch and smell    

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Waterside Day Nursery

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