Welcome to the Outdoor Learning Page!
Louise Durant - Outdoor Learning Leader
Welcome to the world of Outdoor Learning! This is a very exciting opportunity to take our learning outside of the classroom in order to learn more about our environment, discover ways in which to help our planet and solve problems and work collaboratively along the way. Please feel free to come and have a look at what we are doing in the school grounds and on our 'Learning Bus'.
Where is this year going? This is such a short term but we have had all of the Outdoor Learners helping us to tidy up the outdoor area and there is still more to do. We have also been paying a keen interest in science this term, and some of it involved eating chocolate! Year 3 have also been brushing up on their map reading skills and learning the importance of communicating effectively in order to give clear directions.
Year 4 enjoyed using the best ingredients for a science experiment! They were asking questions about melting chocolate - which type of chocolate melts the quickest? What material will slow down the melting process? The children devised their own experiments to find answers to these questions. As you can see we checked the temperature of the water the same each time to ensure it was a fair test. There was some chocolate left over, so we also tested if we could tell the difference between white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate just using our sense of smell and- of course - our taste buds!
Happy New Year! This term we are excited to announce that we are going to have our very own bird box in the school grounds that will be linked up to a webcam. This will mean that, hopefully, if a pair of birds decide to nest there, the whole school will get an amazing insight into the laying of eggs and the hatching of baby birds via the web link. The Outdoor Learners have been scouting around the school grounds to analyse where the best place will be to mount our bird box to give us the best chance of getting some resident blue tits this spring. Watch this space for more details!
Year 2 were trying to create a 3D shape using poles and corners. They had to work as a team in order to ensure all of the joins were secure to make the shape rigid. They then had to add a roof to make it into a house!
Year 3 have been making the most of the school grounds while learning maths. They each made a 'right angle checker' and went around looking for right angles outside. They also used sticks to show the difference between a right angle, and angles that are acute and obtuse.
Year 4 have been looking at how wonderful our world is. We brushed up on our map skills and located some of the most famous volcanoes around the world. They also looked at what would make a good avalanche shelter using materials we found around the school. It needed to be a suitable shape to withstand the weight of the snow and offer protection and warmth.
Year 5 were also using the school grounds to use a range of resources and find out the perimeter of different areas. Everything from the penalty area, the football pitch and items we found in the wild area were subjected to being measures and their perimeter being calculated.
Winter is coming! We have been watching the changes carefully in our environment as we move through the autumn and into the winter months. We have had lots of fun immersing ourselves in the colours that autumn brings, as well as using our surroundings to help us find resources for maths and deepen our understanding of how things work.
This term, some children from Year 2 have been taking part in Outdoor Learning too! They have spent time exploring their environment and finding out all about the resources we can find in our own school grounds. Have you ever heard about the photograph of the 'Cottingley Fairies'? It is a picture of a girl watching fairies dance in her garden, made famous because it was later proved to be a fake! The Year 2 children used the resources they found outside to create their very own fairy gardens.
Year 5 have also been creating their very own gardens - this time inside a plastic bottle! They followed a set of instructions to create a rainforest terrarium, evaluating the usefulness of the instructions and making suggestions as to how they would be easier to follow. Their creations are still going strong!
Year 3 have been starting the long task of converting the Secret Garden into a Sensory Garden. In IPC they have been learning about how a plant grows and got to look at many different species of plant up close. They also had to work as a team to tackle some tricky weeds! They were very proud of what they achieved.
Year 4 have been learning about maps and using keys to find out information. They also found out what it was like to build a wall like the Maasai tribe in Kenya using only sticks and wet mud. They needed to work as a team and all had different roles to play.The walls are still standing 3 weeks later!
Myths have been the topic of conversation in Year 5 and the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. We turned our allotment into a labyrinth and tried to follow the string to get out - blindfolded - to replicate the story. The children rose to the challenge and supported each other every step of the way. They then had a chance to write down how it felt to be lost in the dark.