Category Archives: Outdoor learning

New ideas for Road Safety Week role play (November 22nd-28th)

Children love road safety role play.  Here are a few new ideas. Hold my hand Talk about how children must always hold a grown-up’s hand when walking along the pavement, stopping at the kerb, and crossing the road. Give individual … Continue reading

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Letter formation (2)

Children as young as three will have plenty of space to ‘make their mark’ as they become police officers, firefighters, car rescuers, vets , doctors and nurses, dentists, refuse collectors and recyclers or postal workers, writing as they go about their important business, Continue reading

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Role play – the key to learning

Have you ever been astonished by the accuracy of young children imitating adults? Ever seen the facial contortions of a little boy as he uses a comb to ‘shave’ his chin, or a little girl as she applies imaginary make-up? … Continue reading

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Geocaching for schools and families

….holding a Satnav/iPhone with children having to spot an interesting architectural /natural feature at the ‘destination’? Continue reading

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Reclaiming natural play spaces

Reclaiming natural play spaces I read today about the London Borough of Camden’s development of natural play spaces for children, made possible by a £2.7m grant from the Government’s Play Pathfinders programme.  Go to for some truly inspiring examples … Continue reading

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