20 credits at level HE6
Children’s learning in the outdoor environment is a key theme identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage, curriculum (2008). Creative and imaginative use of the outdoor environment by professional practitioners has the potential to encourage children to be healthy and inquisitive. A historical review of outdoor play suggests a dramatic shift over time from extensive outdoor activities to a more limited use due to a change in society’s attitudes.
England’s first ever National Play strategy (2008) outlines the Governments long-term vision and actions to deliver more and better play space for children in England with a commitment of £235 Million.
This module will enable students to critically analyse the influences on the use of the outdoor environment and reflect on and evaluate their own practice.
• Historical review of outdoor play
• Theories of play
• Theories of learning
• Influences on attitudes to outdoor play
• Links between outdoor play and children’s health
• Holistic play
• Influence of outdoor environment on holistic development
• Political influences on outdoor play
• International perspectives of outdoor play
• Inclusive practice
• The role of ICT
• Forest schools
• Contemporary research on childhood in the UK
• Well-being studies – Professor Ferre Laevers
• Effective practice in using the outdoor environment
• Links to Early Years Professional Standards
• National play strategy
• New guidance on managing risk
This module will be a mixture of lecturers, seminar groups, independent study, group work, doscissions,, guest speakers, case-studies and e-learning. Regular tutorials will will provide oportunities for informal fprmative assesment to support student learning and discuss their overall progress.
1.Critically evaluate influential factors in the changing use of the outdoor environment to promote children’s learning and development drawing on political, organisational and international perspectives (3000 words).
2.Seminar paper and presentation demonstrating evidence based innovative practice in promoting children’s learning in the outdoor environment (1500 words).
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Discuss the historical perspectives of outdoor play.||Document and interpret historically the changes in attitudes to outdoor play.|
|2.||Identify the causal factors which have influenced the shift in societal attitudes to outdoor play for children.||Identify and evaluate the causal factors of a shift in the community and social contexts of outdoor play.|
|3.||Critically evaluate the political, organisational and international perspectives on the use of the outdoor environment to support children’s learning.||Develop a range of critical perceptions on political, organisational and international perspectives on the use of the outdoor environment.|
|4.||Demonstrate through seminar presentation innovate practice in the utilization of the outdoor environment to support children’s learning.||Critically analyse some stratergy innvoative practice within the outdoor provision, which supports childrens learning.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||An essay of 3000 words||Seminar paper of 1500 words and presentation|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Bilton, H. (2002) Outdoor play in the Early Years: management and innovation, David Fulton Publishers, London.
Bilton, H. (2005) Playing Outside: activities, ideas and inspiration for the Early Years, David Fulton Publishers, London.
Casey, T. (2007) Environments for Outdoor Play: a practical guide to making space for children, Paul Chapman Publishing, London.
Clements, R. (2004) ‘An investigation of the status of outdoor play’, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol.5, no.1, pp.68-80.
Durant, S. (2004) Outdoor Play, Step Forward Publishing, Leamington Spa.
Edgington, M. (2002) The Great Outdoors: developing children’s learning through outdoor provision, British Association for Early Childhood Education, London.
Fromberg, D, Bergen D (2006) Play from Birth to Twelve: contexts, perspectives and meanings. CRC Press.
Garrick, R. (2004) Playing Outdoors in the Early Years, Continuum Publishing, London.
Hart, C. (1993) Children on Playgrounds: research perspectives and applications.
Howe, A. (2004) Play using Natural Materials. David Fulton Publishers, London.
Learning through Landscapes (2005) Outdoors for Everyone: enjoying outdoor play in the Early Years, Southgate Publishers, Crediton (DVD).
Ryder-Richardson, G. (2005) Creating a Space to Grow: the process of developing your outdoor learning environment, David Fulton Publishers, London.
Samuelsson I, Fleer, M. (2008) Play and Learning in Early Childhood Settings: international perspectives, Springer Netherlands.
Skinner, C. (2005) Maths Outdoors, BEAM, London.
Theemes, T. (1999) Let’s Go Outside! Designing the early childhood playground, High/Scope Press, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Whalley, M. (2008) Leading Practice in Early Years Settings. Learning matters, Exeter.
Williams Siegfredson, (2005) The Competent Child: developing children’s skills and confidence using the outdoor environment.
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