Today we celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day, which is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day. On two days of action each year, this initiative encourages teachers to take children outdoors to play and learn. At Newfield we are working to develop our outdoor learning provision and our children get regular opportunities to learn and play outside.
Learning and playing outside benefits all of our children - it might involve a walk to the park for Physical Education; sorting and counting objects and colour for maths; listening to a story in the Gazebo, Creating shapes and pictures using sticks; tidying and cleaning our outside areas - cleaning windows, litter picking etc; A music lesson using pots and pans; Exploring and playing with water and sand or in a mud kitchens… there are endless possibilities!
Class 9 & Class 4 went to the park this morning. We have been working on increasing the pupils ability to walk independently. The pupils have been developing their turn taking and sharing of the park equipment with other pupils and the general public.
Some classes were also working on creating bonfires, threading leaves and listening to a story about the leaf thief!
C11 and C1 had a fantastic time at Brockholes and exploring the Forest School at Shadsworth Infants.
For outdoor learning in E5, some of our youngest learners made edible sparklers and had chocolate around our silent class made bonfire.
Whilst our older students were hard at work in the great outdoors - doing work based learning and cleaning windows - brilliant!
Why don’t you have a look at some tips and ideas from the outdoor classroom day website and get outside this autumn weekend!