The Outdoor Learning Door
By learning through outdoor learning you will be in best possible place to develop your physical health, emotional wellbeing and connection with the natural world. It has been proven that children who take part in outdoor learning are more motivated and achieve well at school.
For example, in Maths you could locate a variety of angles in nature; look for symmetry or 2D and 3D shapes. There are many opportunities for counting and multiplication as well as using the compass.
Your teacher might simply take you outside for a story where you can relax away from the bright lights and noise of the classroom. There are abundant opportunities for using your senses to help you develop a range of vocabulary for example in poetry. Perhaps you might use the outside area as a stimulus to writing an adventure or ghost story?
Science activities might take you to investigate habitats and mini-beasts or plants and the seasons. It is here you will be able to use a variety of scientific equipment such as the quadrats, hand lenses, pooters and then digital microscopes for in-depth observation work.
Above all, when working outside the classroom, you will feel safe to carry out investigations in familiar surroundings with the support of your teacher. You will be encouraged to observe closely and use IT such as the mini iPads to take photographs and record your findings for later use.
Your whole Art lesson might take place outside where you can take your time to sketch living things in their natural environment while observing lines and colour in greater detail.
By passing through this door you will be opening up a whole new learning environment where you can safely and confidently learn about the outside world.
Outdoor learning in action
If you would like to know more about the curriculum your child is following, please speak with your child’s class teacher who will be happy to give you further information and signpost you to useful websites.