One of our school drivers is - valuing the outdoors as a vehicle to promote learning through the curriculum.
Why do we value Outdoor Learning?
We believe that the Outdoor environment is where children can come into contact with the ever changing systems of nature and experience the dynamic world of living and non-living things as they interact through time and space. The seasonal changes and differing weather conditions provide children with a sense of time and place and offer endless investigation possibilities. The outdoor environment offers more freedom and space to move and investigate and inspires different challenges in learning.
Good outdoor provision does not rely on expensive equipment but comes from making the most of the space and resources available, allowing children to be creative and use their imagination. Together with the support of positive, enthusiastic and engaged adults the outdoors facilitates meaningful learning experiences that are vital for children's holistic development.
All our children participate in Forest School Activities by visiting various sites
The Foundation outdoor area is used for so many learning experiences. Some of them are adult initiated whilst others come from the children's interests and imagination.
The Year One children use the outside area every week. They have the opportunity to create dens, use the mud kitchen and water area among other activities to explore different elements of our topics. Here are some of the things that we have been getting up to.
Our Year Two children have really enjoyed attending our new 'Outdoor Club' on a Tuesday night after school, where they have learnt how to shelter build, whittle, fire build and cook! Below are some photos of them in action.
We have invested a lot of time and resources into developing outdoor play over the last few years. We have created an all weather footpath through the few trees that we have around school which the children love, this was provided by Friends of School. We have also created a den making area for pupils to use at playtimes and lunchtimes which really enhances their team building and problem solving skills
Active learning and adventure outdoors can take place in a variety of environments: our school grounds, Kings Mill, Elmswell Farm etc. Outdoor education involves both young people and adults in a wide range of experiences, including adventurous activities! Methods used include skills-focused learning, problem solving, team building and self-reliant journeys and activities.
"There is no such thing as the wrong weather. Only the wrong sort of clothing"