Outdoor Learning sessions are well under way here at Midfield Primary School in all of the Key Stages. Where possible, outdoor learning is incorporated in all lessons. Ladybirds also has a designated Outdoor Learning session on a Tuesday. Over the course of the year our Outdoor Learning sessions incorporate Forest School twice a year, Eco-Garden twice a year and Outdoor Adventure twice a year.
What is Forest School?
Forest School is an opportunity for children to experience and explore their environment. Children are encouraged to develop their independence, improve their decision making skills, and raise their self-esteem through small achievable tasks and new learning opportunities.
Forest School at Midfield takes place in a designated area of the School grounds. Forest School sessions are run by qualified Forest School Leaders.
Forest School sessions
During a Forest School session the children are outside for just over an hour each week. When arriving at the designated site the children will sit down at ‘base camp’. Here the activities for the session will be explained and the children will be able to choose their own activities. Children may enjoy such experiences as:
· Hunting for minibeasts
· Playing hide and seek
· Making mud pies
· Building dens
· Making bug hotels
The session will end back at 'base camp’ where the children will reflect on their learning.
We take great pride in our Edible Eco Garden and the opportunities it affords our children - from planting, growing, harvesting and eating crops to cross-curricular activities e.g. researching about plants, developing instructions, maintaining healthy crops, seed dispersal, cooking produce and soil management, scarecrows, designing bug hotels, monitoring wormaries, composting and organising tools.
Have a look at some of our exciting cross-curricular Edible Eco Garden sessions:
Learning outdoors takes part every day and across all subjects including Maths, Literacy, Science, History, Geography and RE (Environment). During planning for all subjects, teachers actively look for opportunities to bring the learning outside - using creative techniques to bring the subject to life using the opportunity that the great outdoors provides. We are very lucky in that we have a wide range of different outdoor environments that we can use so children can have the most appropriate and memorable experiences possible.
Have a look at some of the cross-curricular experiences we have already enjoyed: