A two-stage programme to cover an outdoor learning area for Nursery and Reception class children has been completed at Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School in Framlingham. On Thursday 15th November, Revd Graham Owen, the Chair of Governors, officially opened the new canopy, which has been financed through the local Diocese under the direction of the Governors.
“Completing this project means we can now provide year-round cover for all three classes of children in our Nursery and Reception years”, says Caroline Hopkins, head of Early Years at Sir Robert Hitcham’s. “Outdoor learning is a vital part of our curriculum, this covered space gives our children the freedom and protection to play and learn together in an outdoor setting – in almost all weathers. It also allows them to mingle securely outside their usual classroom groups, so encouraging interpersonal and social aspects of their learning.”
With space to accommodate up to 76 children in three classrooms, the Foundation Stage at Sir Robert Hitcham’s also provides a newly installed cooking and kitchen area, gardening activities and learning afternoons where parents join the children for a range of fun and practical activities.
“We spend as much time as we can outside”, says Caroline Hopkins. “It’s all about making the outdoors an integral part of early years learning.”
Parents and carers of pre-school age children are welcome to visit the Early Years Setting. Open days are held through the year, with the next open sessions on Wednesday 9th January at 1.30-2.30pm, and Thursday 10th January at 9.30-11.30am. Contact the school office for further information or to make an appointment on 01728 723354, or take a look at our school website on www.roberthitchams.ik.org