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we have just had a visit form our eyst who although happy with the way we operate our free flow system wanted to see our planning for what children were learning from their outdoor play - we said that mostly it was the same as indoors but she was not happy with that - said we need to develop planning for what the children are learning from their out door play - what do you think and does anyone do this?

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hi, weve been told we have to plan for and provide all 6 areas of learning all the time outside, hope this helps

Gill

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thanks gillie5 for quick reply - so do you use same planning for outdoor as indoors for similair activities eg construction, sand, etc and just add on things such as large outdoor equipment bikes etc., and other things you only have outside

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How can you 'plan' for outside resources/activities until you know what the children want to do!!!! Sometimes the EYFS requirements just tie us up in knots as we try to please everyone :o At our village hall setting, we take each day as it comes, ask the children what they want to do and provide their suggestions then add others to balance the 6 areas of learning. At the end of the day we write down all activities that were provided for. We do not evaluate the activities on the main planning sheet as each key worker makes notes on their individual key children which are then fed into their planning folders.

 

dottyp

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Hi!

 

We have continuous provision trollies for the different areas which are put out every day ( the area is arranged into 'learning bays' though these are very flexible depending on what the children want to do with the resources that they choose) The short term planning covers the enrichment activities/resources which arise from observations etc. For example, we had the story of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch at the beginning of the week ( after a child had visited a lighthouse at the weekend, so we added a pulley, rope, and related role play equipment to the large bricks in the construction area and, as the lettuce and radishes were ready in the veg. patch, we planned opportunities for the children to dig up the vegetables and make sandwiches for their own Lighthouse keeper's lunch. The children are interested in how the light works so tomorrow the circuits are coming out ( depending on the weather!) I annotate the planning as we to along to show what opportunities the children have had, and each practitioner makes observations of children in the usual way.

 

Hope this is helpful.

 

Roseanna

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We have charts displayed listing possible learning (under the 6 areas) for each area of the continuous provision outside (i.e creative bay, natural area, blocks etc.)

We note any 'enhancements' to the outdoor environment and sometimes plan for specific adult led activities outside.

 

In fact just the same as for indoors

 

Gruffalo2 :o

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