Many of the subjects taught at Sandridge will encourage your child to learn through outdoor exploration thereby developing their 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 your child 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.
Their teacher might simply take your child outside for a story where they are able to relax away from the bright lights and noise of the classroom. There are abundant opportunities for them to use their senses to help develop a range of vocabulary, for example in poetry.
Science activities might take your child outside to investigate habitats, mini-beasts or plants and the seasons. It is here that they 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, your child will feel safe to carry out investigations in familiar surroundings with the support of their teacher. They will be encouraged to observe closely and use IT, such as the mini iPads, to take photographs and record findings for later use.