The Snug Shepherd's Huts and Muddy Kitchens offer every child the opportunity to engage in their learning on a new and exciting level. As advocates of outdoor play and learning through play, our products are designed to be play based and child led.
We consider our outdoor play spaces to be an outstanding asset to any learning environment. The opportunities for learning are endless, as are the cross curricular opportunities and the range of learning outcomes.
To view examples of how children are achieving these learning outcomes through playing in our huts, at home and in educational settings as we speak, please click on the link below.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
The EYFS framework of learning outcomes are referenced below.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework of Learning Outcomes
1. Communication and language
Listening and attention
2. Physical development
Moving and handling
Health and self-care
3. Personal, social and emotional development
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Shape, space and measures
6. Understanding the world
People and communities
7. Expressive arts and design
Exploring and using media and materials
Educational Programmes must involve activities and experiences for children as follows:
1. Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
2. Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
3. Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
4. Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
5. Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
6. Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
7. Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a 6 variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.