Learning Escape Blog
News today that we face a shortage of primary school places. This article in the Telegraph tells the full story. Whilst this is certainly a concern for parents and government alike, it could also represent an opportunity for primary schools.
There are many benefits to outdoor play. According to research (Fjortoft 2004; Burdette and Whitaker 2005), children who play outdoors regularly:
- Become fitter and leaner
- Develop stronger immune systems
- Have more active imaginations
- Have lower stress levels
- Play more creatively
- Have greater respect for themselves and others
We asked Dickleburgh Pre-School Chairman Molly Ball about the benefit of their new space to the children. We recently completed an extension for her school which we had originally designed a building for in April 2010.She told us of the impact on the children’s learning but also on their attitudes to the environment. We find it satisfying to think of the longer term impact a space can make.
There is a great deal of evidence that the more inspiring the learning space the better children will learn. We also know from our experience that an outdoor learning environment is inspiring to children and helps them re-connect with nature. We like big windows and lots of light but there are many other things you can do to stimulate learning as this video demonstrates.