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GREAT INVESTMENT: New outdoor learning environment for Hemel Hempstead school 

 Published on: 22nd March 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel Hempstead school is committed to guarantee pupils fitness levels in their brand new early years outdoor environment.

Yewtree Primary School invested into their early years outdoor learning environment to help outdoor learning, gross motor skills and physical fitness. 

The decision was made as schools were closed for most of 2020 and physical fitness in pupils has been a major concern.

Dan Roe, curriculum lead and Head of PE at the school, said: “We have many families that have little to no outdoor space at home and so have suffered dreadfully in these crushing times. 

“Dacorum has a high obesity level in children according to NHS studies and along with this year of lockdowns we know that pupils have been up to less than 80 per cent less active than usual. 

“These changes were planned during lockdown one and the build took place in December 2020. 

“The new early years outdoor learning environment has been fantastic as pupils have been able to go outside in all weathers throughout every day to climb on the climbing frame, slide down the pole, build a castle in sand, watch the water flow in the water tray, race around the road track and construct buildings in the construction area. 

“Already in the last two weeks we have noticed a positive increase in resilience and turn taking along with better concentration in the classroom.”

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