Science/ Outdoor Learning Coverage

 

Autumn

 

Winter

Spring

Summer

Notes

Hedgehogs

 

 

 

 

Seasonal walk

Study hedgehogs

Seasonal walk

Seasonal walk

Sunflowers

Chicks

Seasonal walk

Insects

 Trees/flowers identification

 

 

Purchases

 

Bird feeders

Night camera

 

Outdoor day each season

 

Summer 16

Focus – Where my wellies take me

 

Book animal man

 

Garden beds

1 x D and O

1 x Sq and B

1 x gardening club

H to use one in their play area

Squirrels

 

 

 

 

Seasonal walk

Study squirrels

Seasonal walk

Bird feeders

Seasonal walk

Wild flowers

Butterflies

Seasonal walk

Trees/flowers identification

insects

Badgers

 

 

 

 

Seasonal walk

Study badgers

Seasonal walk

Seasonal walk

Beans

frogs

Seasonal walk

Insects

Trees/flowers identification

 

 Deer

 

 

 

 

Seasonal walk

Study deer

Seasonal walk

Seasonal walk

Carrots

Bees

 

Seasonal walk

Insects

 Trees/flowers identification

 

Owls

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal walk

Study owls

Seasonal walk

Seasonal walk Strawberries

Seasonal walk

Insects

 Trees/flowers identification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                              “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 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 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.

 

 

 

 

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. 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.

 

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