Page last updated at 3:27 PM, 29/09/2009
We are extending the children's learning opportunities by visits to the local woods where the children have an opportunity to play, explore, problem solve and climb within a safe environment. They also have the opportunity to learn about our local wildlife and plants.
We take the whole nursery out (with parent volunteers) on a weekly basis. We call it our Back to Nature Project
The Back to Nature project is important for children because it will help them to:
- Develop confidence, self esteem and a sense of security.
- Care for themselves and their personal safety.
- Develop their powers of observation using their senses.
- Become aware of everyday uses of technology and use these appropriately (scissors, waterproof clothing etc)
- Be aware of change and its effects on them e.g. their own growth, changes in weather, trees and flowers.
- Care for living things e.g. plants, pets
- Be aware of feeling good and the importance of hygiene, diet, exercise and personal safety.
- Develop an appreciation of natural beauty and a sense of wonder about the world.
- Use verbal and non-verbal language in role play.
- Enjoy energetic activity both indoors and out and the feeling of well being that it brings.
- Explore different ways in which they can use their bodies in physical activity.
- Co-operate with others in physical play and games.
- Develop increasing control of the fine movements of their fingers and hands.
- Develop an awareness of space.
- Pay attention to information and instructions from an adult.
- Talk to other children or with an adult about their experiences
- Express needs, thoughts and feeling with increasing confidence in speech and non- verbal language.
- Use language for a variety of purposes, e.g. to describe, to explain, predict, ask questions and develop ideas.
- Use books to find interesting information.