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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

Our Learning Environment

Our learning environment is set up to develop appropriate skills, foster a love for learning and allow children to investigate , explore and make sense of the world around them. A vital aspect in the development of essential knowledge and skills is the use of continuous provision. This means that children are using and developing taught skills through well-defined enchanting learning spaces that provide invitations to learn. Continuous provision practise and principles support children to develop key life skills such as independence, innovation, creativity, enquiry, analysis and problem solving. Our open-ended natural resources are carefully  considered and are used to provide challenge, curiosity and to match the children’s interests. In our environment you would expect to see a wide range of open ended and authentic materials and resources to spark curiosity and develop communication. 




Nature and the great outdoors 

The learning environment is also an extension of the outdoors. We highly value to use of outside spaces and the wonders of nature. Therefore, natural materials are used in all areas of learning as well as the use of a wide range of outdoor learning spaces we have on offer. 

We want our children to experience nature and the world through their own senses so we  ensure our doors are always open and provide a free flow approach inside and outside to allow children the space and time to explore.  We provide a wide range of experiences through a  variety of outdoor spaces such as a garden, growing area, mud kitchen and a forest school. 

 We  use nature and the seasons to provide opportunities  for children to be curious and inquisitive. In our classroom and outdoor spaces will find a nature table/area  and thinking and talking nature books that record the children's thinking, feelings and responses to what they see, hear and feel.  





  • Healthy Schools
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2011|2012
  • Ofsted Outstanding 2008|2009
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  • Leeds Inclusion Chartermark
  • Arts Council England
  • Financial Management Standard in Schools
  • Arts Mark
  • Music Mark
  • Oracy School
  • Elklan