• White Lee Road Batley West Yorkshire WF17 8AS

Outdoor Play

At Fairfield School we strive to provide inclusive outdoor environments and opportunities for all students to engage in play and learning outside. Outdoor play is important for all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities for a variety of reasons and the environment at Fairfield has been developed to support these. Recent fundraising has provided the school with amazing learning environments that support the variety aspects of learning and development

Here are some of the reasons why outdoor play is particularly important for students with SEND:

1. Sensory experiences: Outdoor environments offer a wide range of sensory experiences, including different textures, sounds, smells, and sights. For students with sensory processing difficulties or sensory integration issues, outdoor play can provide valuable opportunities to engage with and make sense of the world around them.

2. Physical development: Outdoor play often involves physical activities such as running, jumping, climbing, and balancing. These activities can help students with SEND improve their gross motor skills, coordination, and strength. Engaging in outdoor play can also support the development of fine motor skills through activities like digging, pouring, and manipulating natural materials.

3. Social interaction: Outdoor play provides opportunities for students with SEND to interact with their peers in a less structured and more natural environment. This can help them develop social skills, communication skills, and the ability to cooperate and collaborate with others.

4. Emotional wellbeing: Spending time outdoors can have a positive impact on mental health and well-being for students with SEND. The natural environment can provide a calming and relaxing atmosphere, reducing stress and anxiety. Additionally, outdoor play can promote a sense of freedom, independence, and exploration, which can contribute to a positive self-esteem and self-confidence.

5. Cognitive development: Outdoor play encourages curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving. It provides opportunities for students with SEND to engage in imaginative and creative play, as well as to learn about the natural world and the environment.

6. Providing a varied learning environment: Outdoor play offers a different setting from the classroom, providing a diverse range of learning experiences. This can be particularly beneficial for students with SEND who may struggle in traditional classroom settings, and it can help to engage them in learning in a different and more meaningful way.