Outdoor Learning in the Foundation Stage

We have an enormous outdoor space for our Foundation Stage children to use. We call it our outdoor classroom as the children spend the majority of their time out there. There is a lovely grassy area with lots of trees and a country road which has been transformed into many things over the year- a broom school for trainee witches, an underwater journey where we had to be careful to avoid the sharks, a horse race track with jumps- there are no limits to the ideas. We even sometimes use it for a mass conga to get everyone moving.

There are always lots of messy things to do outside- from mixing dough and magic potions to sweeping foam on the tarmac to making shapes in the shaving foam with fingers.

Our Foundation Stage team are very skilled at picking up on ideas for further activities from the children. We call these PLODs – Possible Lines of Development.