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Outdoor Learning

We believe that outdoor learning, play and connection with nature are the fundamental parts of every child’s education. The positive impact outdoor play has on a child’s learning and development in the early years plays a crucial part in a child’s later adult life. Engaging in quality time in the outdoors not only allows a child to be physical but it increases their well-being, health and happiness, core values of Thurnham Glasson C of E Primary and Nursery School.


At Thurnham Glasson C of E Primary and Nursery School, children play outside every day in all weathers, giving them direct contact with the wonders of nature and the changing seasons. In our outdoor learning we use the natural resources found in our gardens and our conservation environment to enhance every child’s learning and development. From making fairy soup in the mud kitchen, to fishing with sticks found on the conservation floor. Children are free to let their imaginations run wild.


Children spend their days exploring and investigating the natural habitat around them, looking under logs and leaves, climbing trees, making dens, creating art out of natural objects. There are raised vegetable and flower beds for the children to plant in, mud kitchens, willow den, log piles to attract insects, sheltered spots for storytelling and many sustainable, natural timber climbing areas.


Health and happiness are fundamental values of Thurnham Glasson C of E Primary and Nursery School and outdoor play provides safe and supervised opportunities for physical activity as well as promoting a sense of confidence and well-being. Our focused approach to outdoor play will allow your child to experience new challenges and adventures, investigate and explore, encourage problem solving and creative skills, evaluate risk, be part of a team and increase motivation and concentration.


There as so many benefits about the positive effect outdoor play has on a child's development . Here are some of the key benefits:

· provide the flexibility and freedom for child-initiated, experimental learning which increases motivation      and concentration.

· encourage the development of physical skills; co-ordination; manipulation and strength while     developing an understanding of risk and building self-confidence.

· increase health and well-being.

· develop a sense of empathy with the natural world around them.

· develop strong social skills & improve communication and co-operation with the ability to work in       groups.

· develop a sense of trust and achievement, self-esteem and confidence.

· encourage problem solving and creative skills.

· inspire children to enjoy nature and the outdoors for a lifetime to come.


NHS guidelines suggest that children under the age of 5 need 3 hours of exercise per day and that it should be a mixture of bone strengthening, muscle building and cardiovascular. Our Outdoor Play approach provides a range of opportunities for these needs.