Outdoor Learning & Facilities
“We do some lessons outside in our solar dome; learning is fun, especially outdoors!” Year 4 pupil
Research shows that children learn best when they have hands on experience in their learning. The environment in which the learning takes place is vital as well. Therefore, at Barlaston First School we are developing outdoor learning through making use of our new facilities, and our existing ones too.
In the summer and early autumn of 2013, we enhanced our outdoor environment by the building of a spiritual garden and the construction of an outdoor classroom, our solar dome.
The solar dome has really enhanced the learning in our school, the children love being outdoors and using the dome as a base from which to work. Not only is it used for whole class activities e.g., circle time, but it is used by intervention groups, and small groups completing outdoor tasks.
The PTA, along with a local company, funded the purchase of outdoor clothing, which enables us to use the dome and outdoors whatever the weather. The dome at our school is unique to the cluster and pyramid, and attracts visitors from other schools to come and see its value and see the children at work. A huge asset to our school.
The parents, PTA, governors, grandparents and friends worked together one Saturday morning last July to construct our spiritual garden, another asset to our outdoors. This is used at playtimes as a quiet place to sit, and during lesson times as well. The children show great respect for our outdoor learning environments and always take care when using them, and encourage others to do so too.
Many lessons take place outdoors ranging from science, maths, art, design and technology, geography and PE to name but a few. With the Downs Banks on our doorstep, we are blessed with a perfect environment to bring learning alive for our children.
For more information about our school, please contact the head teacher, Mrs Clarey 01782 372543.