Our curriculum is nature based, following the Curriculum for Excellence. We believe that the outdoor environment has massive potential for pre-school learning, offering motivating, exciting, creative, challenging and relevant learning experiences. Outdoor learning experiences are often remembered for a lifetime and provide relevance and depth to the curriculum in ways that are difficult to achieve indoors. Outdoor learning also connects children with the outdoor world and offers opportunities for personal and learning skills development in areas such as communication, problem solving, team work and resilience.
Learning in the outdoors can also make significant contributions to literacy, numeracy and health and well being. In literacy there are opportunities to listen to and read stories, sing, identify signs within the woodland and construct letters and words using pebbles/mud/chalk. In numeracy there are opportunities to measure length with sticks or body length, look for different shapes and patterns in leaves and other natural objects, use ropes and buckets to create pulley systems to investigate weight. In health and well being there are opportunities to improve agility, coordination and to improve emotional well being.
You can find further information about how meaningful, inspiring and creative learning can take place in the outdoors at the Education Scotland website and within the Curriculum for Excellence Through Outdoor Learning document, published by the Scottish Government in 2010.