The Outdoors: Our Classroom, Our Playground


​Outdoor learning brings many benefits for our children.

Better Learners. In the outdoors, our children can learn more deeply with their five senses and we can offer more creative ways for learning. Being outdoors also helps children improve their focus to learn better.

Happier and Healthier Children. Being outdoors gives children more opportunities to be physically active, improves their motor skills, strengthens their immune system and reduces risk of myopia. The outdoors is fun yet calming and makes our children happier.

Closer to the Community. With outdoor learning, children learn in a real world context and develop a variety of skills that prepare them not only for the classroom, but also for life. Being outdoors regularly in both urban and natural settings helps children become more connected to the environment and community around them.

Our goal is for outdoor learning to be possible for every child, everywhere, every day. As educators, you play a vital role in providing opportunities for children to learn in, about, and through the outdoors.

As a start, we have worked with partners to put together two sets of resources to help educators facilitate outdoor learning for children. 

• Outdoor Learning: A National Guide for Early Childhood Educators provides you with guiding principles, key ideas and practical suggestions to enhance children’s learning and development in the outdoors.

• Outdoor Learning Experiences is a repository of good outdoor learning practices, put together by professionals in the sector. This can help you add outdoor learning activities to your lesson plans.

We hope that the Guide and Learning Experiences will help educators and preschools embed outdoor learning in your curricula and programmes. I encourage all of you to make use of these resources in your journey to create rich outdoor learning for all our children!

Ms Jamie Ang
Chief Executive Officer
Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)

 

Please click on the links below to access the Guide and Learning Experiences.







Outdoor Learning

Useful Websites and Resources

1. Active Bodies Active Minds - Beanstalk Issue 24
Read about how exercise and sports boost children’s brain function and mental well-being.

2. NEL Portal - Activity Ideas​
​Keen to design learning activities with a distinctive Singapore flavour? Click on ‘Resources’ and ‘Activity Ideas’ for lesson ideas under each language.

3. Early Years Development Framework
Refer to the principles and learning outcomes within the Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) when planning outdoor activities for children.

4. National Parks Board
Check out the information on different parks, community gardens and plants in Singapore. Alternatively, use NParks Mobile Applications​ - BALIKSG, Coast-to-Coast Trail, SGBioAtlas to access information on-the-go.

5. ActiveSG 
Access this website for children’s fitness programmes, articles on workouts and nutrition etc, and a list of sports facilities across Singapore.

6. Health Promotion Board 
Learn about health promoting programmes in preschools and health tips for a healthier living.

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