Explore the developmental benefits of outdoor maths and literacy for children.
In February 2018, as part of the 1140 hours expansion, Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd announced that outdoor learning in the early years should become “a defining feature of childhood in Scotland”.
Maths and literacy surround us in everyday life. This course will explore how to recognise this and how to engage with and nurture young children, to connect with maths and literacy outdoors, in ways that make sense to them in their daily lives.
– Explore the role of the adult, resources and environment in children’s maths and literacy development
– Approaches to literacy and the relevant methodology to develop these
– The importance of literacy in supporting the child’s learning
– The importance of maths in children’s learning
– Approaches to create and support children’s mathematical development
– Creating motivational experiences both indoors and out in a way that connects the child to their own learning
– Review current practice in supporting and developing all aspects of maths
– Identify and evaluate the balance of language used by children in your setting
– Create a strategy to promote other forms of literacy and maths development, and how staff can support this for each child
– Assess and identify the adult role, resources and environment to take forward current practice.