Following the launch of our new outdoor learning programme the children prepared a report on the day which you can find by clicking the link below.
New Experiences – Our Day Learning Outdoors
This was how their teacher summed up the experience.
‘Our outdoor learning day provided the opportunity to watch children thrive in a new and provoking learning environment. An environment where children had a say, children had a choice and children asked the questions! All children were supported to try something new and share their experience in their own way. Carefully tailored challenges and activities incited all children to move beyond their comfort zone and supported them to take steps, at their own pace, towards developing confidence and communication. Particular skills such as, perseverance when faced with a problem, confidence when trying something for the first time and valuing the ideas of others, are continuing to support all areas of our learning in class.’
Emma Corrigan – Year 4 Teacher – Maplecross Primary School
The 12th October saw our first school day at Moggerhanger Park, near Bedford. It was a day full of ‘wow’ moments as children from Maplecross School in Hertfordshire explored learning linked to ‘enquiry and voice’ – visit their blog here.
Despite all the planning so much learning took place in moments we had not even considered. For example those new experinces of
- feeling a spider run across your hand
- stepping into a wooded area and for the first time being totally surrounded by trees
- discovering an insect you had never seen before hiding in a log.
One girl told us she had always been afraid of the woods, but now she thorugh they were “really fun”.
New experinces in learning can simply be created by recongising the value of learning in different contexts, as children grow in their awareness of how to be a learner in the range of spaces that form part of their everyday lives.
This day was full of ‘awe and wonder’ for the children and for us as we were reminded of the power of the outdoors as a tool for learning.
We are really looking forward to seeing how the children make connections between their learning in the woods and their learning back at school. More to follow….