You Can… successfully plan continuous outdoor provision

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By Rose Joyceeducational author
(Originally published April 2008)

If you truly value the importance of outdoor play, it must be well documented in your planning. Everyone who looks at or uses your planning should see evidence to show that you have considered the relevance of outdoor experiences in teaching and learning. Your continuous provision planning for the outdoors is just as important as your continuous provision planning for indoors. The outside should be a really useful tool for you and your team. All your planning should be in working, flexible documents which advance children’s learning. If they do not serve this purpose, you need to ask yourself a few key questions.

Tips, ideas and activities

  • Observe the children playing freely outside. Make a note of what learning is already taking place and what resources the children are using or asking for. This will help you to plan for improving outdoor learning and enhancing resources. Think about how those resources can be organised; how adults outside can help to teach and extend vocabulary and thinking.
  • Use the activity sheet on page 60 for long-term continuous provision for outdoor play. This will then show an overview of your objectives. Review the sheet regularly.
  • Draw a plan of your outdoor area and use this as the template for your weekly planning for outdoor resources. Write the resources, and possible activities, in each area using a coloured pen.
  • Ask the children to help you set up the outdoor area using this plan as a map. This is a useful strategy for encouraging those who do not choose to go outside regularly to get to know the area and see what is available to them.
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