Outdoor Learning

Our Provisionbuilding the outdoor classroom

Our intention is to be a learning community working in a holistic way, by integrating spiritual, moral, aesthetic, physical, social, emotional and intellectual strands in our everyday practice. Our outdoor environment will be of a quality to match all t
hat is going on inside the school, and will provide a rich and complementary educational resource. We offer a stream of first-hand experiences which anchor education in the real world and which supports an authentic curriculum for the
21st century

 

Miss Martin

Miss Martin is our Outdoor Learning Teaching Assistant and she works tirelessly to ensure our children are given the very best opportunity to learn about the natural world. Miss Martin works every week with all children in our school and also runs our school gardening club. A crucial aspect of Miss Martin’s role is to work with the school leadership and governors to help plan the development of outdoor learning spaces and habitats and and make our vision a reality.

Our Outdoor Learning Classroom

 

building the outdoor classroom

We put up our ‘Outdoor Learning Classroom’ in 2012 following generous funding from Mrs Mabel Calthorpe. We use the ‘classroom’ throughout the year with our science curriculum all tailored in to outdoor learning. Playground Produce – our school cooperative – also use the space for their enterprise work.

Outdoor Education

 

All children have an entitlement to outdoor education whilst at St Margaret’s. Each and every class has an allotted time working outside each week; that could, for example, involve identifying trees, planting vegetables or discovering the natural world – recent visitors to our school grounds include Muntjac deer, Red Kite, Hobby and Pink-footed Geese while we have Tree Sparrows nesting in our specially designed bird boxes.

The work which takes place outside is very practical and delivered in a small group situation so that understanding can be monitored immediately and misconceptions dealt with. Miss Martin works closely with our Class Teachers to deliver objectives linked to our International Primary Curriculum.

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An intensive scientific, practical and environmental understanding will be built as your child moves through school and will offer a very firmly established appreciation of the amazing world in which we live. The work our children our engaged in outside the classroom at St Margaret’s is well-planned with built in continuity and progression.

We have linked our Outdoor learning to working with the community and parents help out each week in our gardens. We also hold meetings for teachers from other schools who are aiming to develop the use of the outdoor spaces in their own schools.

Key Aspects of our Provision

 

  1. Innovative and creative approach to teaching and learning.
  2. Imaginative use of the International Primary Curriculum to meet full National Curriculum requirements.
  3. On-going monitoring, assessment and analyses of teaching.
  4. High involvement of and with parents, the local community and partners within our community.
  5. A proactive approach and commitment to national initiatives.
  6. An on-going commitment to the professional development needs of staff, the local, national and international communities.
  7. Development and use of the outdoor environment as a teaching and learning resource and a spiritual reminder of the awe and wonder of creation.

 

The garden in Spring 2012…

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…and again in Spring 2014