Ed­u­ca­tion out­doors vi­tal for de­vel­op­ment

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

Out­side learn­ing ad­vo­cates say Fin­nish stu­dents are re­quired to be out­side for 15 min­utes every hour of the school day and they rou­tinely out­rank Aus­tralia and other mem­ber coun­tries of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment in maths, sci­ence, read­ing and well­be­ing in­di­ca­tors.

Last week, seven Ger­ald­ton schools with more than 1000 stu­dents de­cided to fol­low Fin­land’s lead and par­tic­i­pate in Out­door Class­room Day when stu­dents spent the day learn­ing out­side.

The State’s lead­ing cam­paigner for out­door learn­ing, Na­ture Play WA, sug­gests only 15 per cent of Aus­tralian pri­mary school stu­dents have daily out­door lessons and roughly 85 per cent of par­ents be­lieve out­door play is good for chil­dren.

In Aus­tralia, about 2000 schools com­mit­ted to out­door learn­ing on November 1, in­clud­ing 544 in WA.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal schools in­cluded Wan­d­ina, Allendale, Range­way, St Fran­cis Xavier, Mount Tar­coola and Yuna pri­mary schools, as well as all-ages in­sti­tu­tion the Hol­land Street School.

Wan­d­ina Pri­mary School stu­dents with teacher Carolyn Couper.

Carolyn Couper out­doors with early child­hood stu­dents at play.

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