"There is no such thing as bad weather.....just bad clothing"
Being outside offers what inside cannot and at Hoyle we are so lucky to have an amazing and inspiring outside area for our children to explore. It is a place where children can choose, create, take risks, experience nature and be in charge of their play environment. All our children have free flow to the outside area daily and we use it in all weathers. We have waterproof all in ones, wellies, hats and gloves for the cold and wet and sun hats for hot and sunny. Our children love nothing more than jumping in puddles, mixing mud potions, kicking fallen leaves, planting fruits and vegetables, cooking on the fire pit, making dens and exploring the ice.
We plan for outside learning in the same way that we plan for indoor learning, drawing on the children's interests in order to excite and motivate them. Being outside provides opportunities for learning that we could not deliver inside. The children are able to explore and experiment on a much larger scale and enjoy greater freedom of movement. They can interact with an environment that is always changing, exploring different weather conditions, the changing seasons, different light and temperatures. This helps them develop a sense of awe, wonder and respect for our wonderful natural world.
Below are some photographs of the children in our outside area and the children enjoying the weekly Forest School sessions.