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We aim to give children at least 180 minutes of outdoor activity per day.


The benefits and possibilities with outdoor play are endless. At Wise Owls we believe it is essential that all young children have frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in an outdoor environment. Outdoor learning is an integral part of how we learn at Wise Owls, and is enjoyed through all four seasons.

By promoting good health and regular physical activity, we will positively contribute to early brain development and learning. We will actively promote effective communication skills including language, body language and non-verbal communication, e.g. expressions, during outdoor activities.

By creating games and providing opportunities for play outdoors, we will support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility.

Through outdoor play we will support every child’s problem-solving skills and nurture their creativity, as well as provide rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.

Forests and woodlands are an exciting place to learn.


Not only do they provide enriching experiences across all seven areas of the Early Years curriculum, the rich array of smells, sounds and textures, the dramatic contrasts of light and dark, and the treasure trove of natural learning resources offer an inspiring sensory environment for children to spread their wings and grow.

Spending time outdoors builds resilience, encourages children to take well measured risks, builds confidence and enhances self esteem. It also teaches children about the important role our forests and woodlands play in our world.

Things you can do in a forest or woodland


Forest School uses natural resources to stimulate imagination, creativity and investigation. Opportunities are endless and activities can include:

Shelter building

Natural art

Using knots and lashings

Fire lighting

Animal tracking

Bug hunts

Tree investigations

Climbing and balancing

Creating bug homes and bird feeders

Collecting, identifying and sorting natural materials, such as leaves, sticks, acorns

Team games