Social distancing outdoor learning ideas from home:
Hello my lovelies, I bet you are all missing school. I can tell you that all the teachers are talking regularly and we are all missing you! Please check out my videos and photographs below for some fun ideas for outdoor learning while we are all away from school. I will update the website with new ideas every Friday and Tuesday for you to try at home.
Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures of you trying out these activities, I could even upload these to the website to share with everyone. It would be great to hear from you just to see how you are getting on. You could also email me any of your own ideas that you have to share.
Take care and stay safe. I look forward to seeing you all back at school when we reopen.
A note to parents:
If you are looking for ideas of different activities to try outdoors the following websites may be of help. I use these sites regularly in my own parenting and in my professional planning for our forest school outdoor activities:
https://theimaginationtree.com/ (beautiful ideas for creative play-based learning both indoors and out)
https://themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk/ (free short-term accounts are available while schools are closed)
https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/outdoor-activity-sheets (lots of free, download and print out outdoor activities)
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/ (some super ideas published especially for this period of social distancing)
https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/lesson-plans-and-supporting-resources/ (resources and activities which help us to care for wild birds)
https://happinessishereblog.com/ (an ‘unschooling’ blog with lots of outdoor education ideas)
https://thegreenparent.co.uk/ (a parenting magazine with many outdoor learning approaches, ideas and articles)
https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/resources/ (a website with ideas for all school ages detailing different lessons and learning opportunities which are designed to be delivered outside).
Most of the above sites also have facebook pages which regularly share individual ideas for fun and engaging outdoor learning activities. If you have any questions at all or want to give feedback please feel free to email me direct at email@example.com and I will get back to you. I hope you enjoy this opportunity for learning at home with your children during this period of social distancing and that you embrace learning outdoors wherever possible. Thank you.
Stay safe everyone - Mr Howarth
At our school outdoor learning lies at the heart of the curriculum. It develops children’s knowledge and understanding and increases the child’s vocabulary by giving meaning to words. It provides the opportunity for collaborative learning in many curriculum areas. It promotes risk taking and further develops a respect for the world around them. Our outdoor curriculum instils a lifelong love of nature and promotes other core values.
At Whitefield Infant School, we use the outdoors as our 'Classroom Under the Sky', which is roofed only by the clouds! It acts as an outdoor classroom where children can explore, investigate and discover the natural environment, alongside developing their language and gaining first-hand learning experiences. It provides a valuable teaching tool for teaching and learning in all curriculum areas. Our 'Classroom Under the Sky' uses the Forest School Principles, interwoven with our own visions and values and beliefs about how our children learn.
Why learn outdoors?
Key Features of our outdoor classroom:-
At Whitefield we take these features and weave them into our outside learning, linking them into the curriculum making it become more alive, exciting and real.