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challenging activities for outdoors

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Pow, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Pow

    Pow

    We have just had our inspection report and have done well and have got Outstanding. Our recommendation is to plan more challenging activities outdoors for children to develop their investigation, exploration and prolem solving skills.Can anyone give me ideas for this or suggest books which may be helpful? Thank you.
     
  2. Pow

    Pow

    We have just had our inspection report and have done well and have got Outstanding. Our recommendation is to plan more challenging activities outdoors for children to develop their investigation, exploration and prolem solving skills.Can anyone give me ideas for this or suggest books which may be helpful? Thank you.
     
  3. hurny

    hurny New commenter

    Congratulations on getting an Outstanding. Before answering your question, it would be useful to find out what you already do outdoors so not to make useless suggestions.
     
  4. The Sally Featherstone books are good;
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Outdoor-Play-Books/dp/1902233743/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1307024180&sr=8-2
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Outside-All-Weathers/dp/1904187579/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307024180&sr=8-1
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Outdoor-Play-Continuity-Purposeful-Exploration/dp/1906029482/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1307024180&sr=8-3
     
  5. Pow

    Pow

    Thank you for getting back to me, The Inspector recognised that we are fairly new to outdoor play and gave us this recommendation to move us on. We have tried to set the area up into learning bays as is suggested in the Helen Billson book. The children tend to play although we have set up challenges e.g. Can you make the Great Wall of China. It is more for child initiated time , the inspector wanted children to experience more of a deeper learning and sustained thinking taking place like she saw inside the classroom. this recommendation is also my target for my Professional development, Iwas going to check out courses at The Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield.
     
  6. hurny

    hurny New commenter

  7. Pow

    Pow

    Thank you Msz, what a useful document.
     

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