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Reception go on Autumnal Adventures

Posted: 8th November 2016 | Category: Reception

We are lucky at Skippers to have such a rich and varied outdoor environment. It enables teachers to incorporate elements of different Early Years ideologies, giving the children wider opportunities for all round development. For example, Forest Schools, which originated in Scandinavia, encourage the development of physical skills, independence, problem solving and collaboration through outdoor experiences. The Reggio inspired approach cites the environment as the ‘Third Teacher’ and the belief that children construct their own learning through investigation and exploration. Montessori believed that freedom within a carefully prepared environment allowed children to satisfy their innate curiosity and draw logical conclusions.
Our recent sessions spent in the Mud Kitchen and copse have allowed us to observe active learning taking place, as the children climb trees, build dens and hedgehog hibernaculums, and create wonderful delicacies such as ‘acorn pie’ and ‘orange leaf stew’. We have seen battles between the forces of good and evil, tiger stalking and rescue operations. Children are free to choose those activities which quench their thirst for knowledge, exercise their developing brains and strengthen their developing bodies. The teacher’s call of ‘All in!’ is invariably greeted by a chorus of ‘No, not yet!’ However, once back inside the warm classroom, tucking into marmite and cream cheese sandwiches, there is always a contented hum of conversation as the children discuss and dissect their experiences.
We are looking forward to many more Autumnal adventures as term progresses. And did someone mention that we are in for a snowy winter? Bring it on!

With love to all our splendid parents,

Mrs P and Michelle.

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