Learning through play is fundamental to a child’s development and engagement in the learning process. In reception class at St John’s and St Clement’s play-based learning is at the centre of our provision as it is crucial in igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The Early Years Curriculum is driven by the seven areas of learning and development. We value all areas of learning equally and understand that they are inter-connected.
Outdoor play is an integral part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and vital for children’s development and we encourage children to go outdoors in all kinds of weather. Outdoor provision fosters further learning opportunities in all areas of learning. Physical activity and energetic play provide exercise, encourages coordination and helps children develop physical skills, such as climbing, balancing, and writing/mark-making, etc. Through outdoor play, children have unique opportunities to play co-operatively – sharing resources, turn taking, negotiating, communicating ideas and developing friendships and self-esteem.