Stu­dents take learn­ing outdoors

Wanneroo Times - - News -

STU­DENTS at Whit­ford Catholic Pri­mary School swapped black­boards for trees last Thurs­day as part of a world­wide ini­tia­tive.

Out­door Class­room Day was held in Aus­tralia for the first time this year, en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to fo­cus, boost cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion and have more fun.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a trea­sure hunt for pre-pri­mary stu­dents, spell­ing lessons us­ing sticks, rocks and other nat­u­ral ob­jects for Year 1s, fly­ing pa­per planes for Year 2 de­sign and tech­nol­ogy stu­dents, a 3D shape hunt for Year 3s and build­ing forts and fairy houses from sticks, twigs and found ob­jects for Year 4 de­sign and tech­nol­ogy stu­dents.

Year 5 stu­dents also took part by prac­tis­ing their pub­lic speak­ing on the oval and Year 6s took their re­li­gion class out­side.

Prin­ci­pal Tamara McGougan said young chil­dren were “meant to be in the fresh air and sun­shine”.

“Be­ing out­side en­hances a child’s sense of won­der and con­nect­ed­ness to each other and the world around them,” she said.

“It also helps chil­dren learn faster, de­velop phys­i­cal skills through ‘safe risks’ and pro­motes in­de­pen­dent and cre­ative think­ing.”

Pearsall Pri­mary School also took part, join­ing stu­dents from around Perth at Perry Lakes Re­serve for a morn­ing of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Stu­dents took part in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties outdoors. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473646

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