At Midfield Primary School, Outdoor Learning sessions take place across all Key Stages. Where possible, outdoor learning is incorporated into lessons. Over the course of the year, our Outdoor Learning sessions include Forest School, Eco-Garden and Outdoor Adventure.
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 typical Forest School session the children will sit down at ‘base camp.' Here, the activity for the session will be explained and the children will be then be allowed to explore the Forest School site and take part in that activity. 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. We cover a range of topics such as planting and growing, harvesting and eating crops. This links into cross-curricular activities such as researching about plants, developing instructions, maintaining healthy crops, seed dispersal, cooking produce, soil management, scarecrows, designing bug hotels, monitoring wormaries, composting and organising tools.
Learning outdoors takes place 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.