This outdoor learning blog has been created for you, whether you are a pupil, parent, governor, teacher, or member of the local community interested to join in and share your thoughts, ideas, and responses to the wonderful learning happening at Therfield First School . This summer term we are introducing outdoor learning across the key stages, not as an ‘add-on’ to the curriculum, but as learning that starts from real-life experiences and situations that require meaningful responses that develop into cross-curricular learning.
Our aims include:
- Deepening children’s knowledge and understanding of how the natural environment, and in particular, how plant life contributes to human life
- Connecting children to their local area to inspire authentic learning experiences and responses to the environment about them
- Providing opportunity for all to inform the curriculum content and environment outside the classroom
- Becoming skilful and reflective in problem solving, developing key countryside citizenship skills
- Developing further our knowledge of teaching and learning with the environment, further defining our role as educators in the outdoors.
In achieving these aims, we are fortunate to have on our doorstep Greys Farm, home to 500 acres of meadow, and listed as a charity called redlist revival, which is committed to ensuring the survival of ‘red listed’ species identified by the UK Government. We share in the ideal that children and their educators should become informed of approaches to outdoor school that sustain active community involvement, and approaches to living, benefitting the local natural environment, and improving our attitudes towards the world we live in.
The views that are expressed in this blog are those of individuals, and myself as a teacher at Therfield First School, and in no way express the views of my employer.
You are all welcome to engage in this summer term’s learning journey of discovery.