Yoga and mindfulness provides so many benefits including supporting learning, healing, stress release and everyday life. We encourage the children to use different yoga movements which enable them to see changes through noticing and controlling their breath; moving and resting their body; and developing an awareness of the mind’s chitter chatter through meditation and mindful practices. By taking part in yoga classes, children develop important inter and personal characteristics. A regular yoga practice offers effective help for learning disorders, hyperactivity, stress and exercise!
Forest schools provide a specialised learning approach that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Playing and learning outside improve children’s physical and emotional wellbeing and the forest school experience has been shown to be hugely beneficial for children with a range of emotional and developmental needs. During our forest school sessions we visit different sites local to Clifton.
Beach Schools are a way of giving children in their early years the opportunity to learn and develop in a natural environment, sparking their intrinsic motivations to explore, create and be curious about the world around them. Beach School provides an opportunity for holistic development for young children, giving them good foundations for the rest of their life.
Beach School follows the Forest Schools ethos, where children can learn to keep themselves safe by taking manageable risks. Children that attend Beach Schools get an opportunity to connect with the natural environment of the beach; pebbles, sand, water, mud, seaweed etc. Ensuring to maintain a natural experience for the children, embracing the outdoor rural environment.
Sign and Explore
Many children’s understanding develops ahead of their speech and using signing can help empower them to express what they want to say and ease communication frustration. Symbols can be used to support communication in many different ways. Children sing and sign sessions are usually music and rhyme based, with a focus on encouraging children signing in response to known and repeated words and phrases.
Messy play is important for young children just as much as it is a lot of fun, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are crucial for children’s development and early learning. We ensure that play gives children the opportunities they need to improve their physical skills and co-ordination, work co-operatively and collaboratively, use all their senses to discover and explore their environment, as well as develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve. Playing with toys alone can limit opportunities to develop imagination, creativity and critical thinking. Messy play is open-ended and children discover an enormous range of opportunities for learning and play, through timeless and accessible messy play activities.
The outdoors is the very best place for pre-schoolers to practice and master emerging physical skills. It is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience motor skills like running, leaping, and jumping. It is also the most appropriate area for the practice of ball-handling skills, like throwing, catching, and striking. And children can perform other such manipulative skills as pushing a swing, pulling a wagon, and lifting and carrying movable objects. We do all of this and more in our specialist Forest School too. There are some really interesting statistics around outdoor play here at www.loveoutdoorplay.net. Did you know that 99% of parents (of 5-6 yr olds) think that children are better behaved in lessons if they are allowed to play at break time?