One of the most toxic effects to come out of the current pandemic is the destructive impact it has had on children’s play; the spaces they play in, the degree of freedom they experience and their ability to choose what they do and how they do it. Instead, children have been imprisoned in the home, often in the same space as tired and pressured parents. The potential increase in poor mental and physical health from this mix, not to mention its likely developmental consequences is obvious.
Our aim is to provide first class outdoor learning playground facilities across the Primary schools in the Trust for pupils and their families to access and improve their physical and mental well-being.
Aims and Objectives of the Outdoor Learning Plan 2021-2024
Playing outside is fun, exciting and important for children’s learning and development. Providing safe, secure, challenging outdoor playground equipment, an eco-friendly garden area and sensory garden is a prime objective to provide first class facilities for all children within each school across St. Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy.
• Outdoor play is a fun way to learn – The changing nature of the outdoors makes it an incredibly stimulating and multi-sensory place to play.
• Developing motor skills - children need the opportunity to use their whole body and develop their gross motor skills. Playing outdoors in the school playground with outdoor gym equipment they’ll have space to run and jump outside. They can also develop their fine motor skills as they pick up natural treasures like leaves and fir cones.
• Encourages a healthy lifestyle - Through physical activity and challenges, being outdoors helps children sleep, eat, and live more healthily. This encourages them to form healthy habits for life.
• Care for the environment - Playing outdoors is a brilliant way to get out in nature and become aware of the environment. Children who gain knowledge and appreciation of nature are more likely to become environmentally aware adult.
• Good physical and mental health, vital outcomes of the play process, depend upon the provision of appropriate physical and social environments. Quality outdoor play equipment and safe playgrounds are key.
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