At St Mark’s, Outdoor Learning is an inspirational process which offers all children opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a vocabulary rich environment.
When a child is confident, able to think for themselves, take risk, ask questions and communicate ideas they are ready to learn in the classroom and life.
At St Mark’s the Outdoor Learning programme helps develop:
Confidence with self-esteem
Communication and social skills
Creativity and imagination
Team and problem solving skills
Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment
The ability to recognise and manage risk
Learn new skills, use and build on these skills to create, construct, adapt and solve problems.
The outdoor learning environment is a rich, dynamic, natural space that is ever changing and a perfect environment for learning and development in children (and adults) of all ages. Its value as an essential learning resource has been recognised by many pieces of research and more recently by Ofsted.
Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children’s development.
Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.
Being outdoors offers first hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world.
Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, question, challenge themselves, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant.
Outdoor Learning happens every Tuesday with Mr Oakey, from Oakey Bear Outdoor Learning. 3 classes per term utilise the outdoor space for 1 hour 30 minutes - this is on a rotation basis. Children need to be suitably dressed for the weather so they can fully immerse themselves in the experience. Please speak to your child's class teacher to ask about it or.... see the wonderful photos below.
Rules of Outdoor Learning
Do not pick anything growing (Unless the teacher says so)
Do not put your fingers or anything else in your mouth
We stay within the boundary given
We don’t run
We follow the fire pit rules when seated around open flames
When using equipment/ activity areas we follow the rules and instructions
We drag sticks and point downwards when walking around each other.
We follow the individual tool rules
We respect each other, animals and plants
We will inform the teacher if we find sharp/dangerous objects and will not touch it ourselves
We inform the teacher immediately if we are feeling ill or are injured
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