Following children’s interests
Schools are under growing pressure to formalise early years in order to make children school ready. As a result, there is an over-focus in many schools on reading, writing and maths, along with a perception that teaching the above can only take place inside.
Many learning opportunities are missed by working in this way, as playing outdoors is cross-curricular, supports higher levels of involvement and develops the characteristics of effective learning. A good example of this happened during a trip to the common recently with two of my grandchildren…one in reception and one in year 5. Both love being outdoors and are more than happy to find resources to enhance their play when they are out and about.