Stu­dents take the class­room out­side

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NIE | PRIMARY PONDERINGS -

AMIENS State School was one of the 475 or­gan­i­sa­tions and 49,500 chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Out­door Class­room Day on Queens­land Class­room Day on Novem­ber 1.

We have long un­der­stood the value of ex­tend­ing ed­u­ca­tion out­side the class­room and the pos­i­tive im­pact for teach­ers as well as be­ing an ex­cel­lent sup­port for cur­ricu­lum de­liv­ery.

More im­por­tantly are the pos­i­tive im­pacts for our stu­dents in­clud­ing on their in­trin­sic mo­ti­va­tion for learn­ing, en­joy­ment of lessons in a dif­fer­ent and fun en­vi­ron­ment, op­por­tu­nity for in­creased cre­ativ­ity, and op­por­tu­nity for think­ing out­side the box.

In sup­port­ing our day-to-day cur­ricu­lum learn­ing, stu­dents used the out­doors to en­hance lit­er­acy, numer­acy and sci­ence ac­tiv­i­ties.

In lit­er­acy, Prep to Year 2 stu­dents gen­er­ated rhyming words, al­lit­er­a­tion and sound in spo­ken words in walks around our bush, play­grounds and play ar­eas.

In maths, they had dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences in show­ing the di­rec­tions of clock hands us­ing na­ture’s ma­te­ri­als and telling the time.

In Years 3-6 lit­er­acy, speak­ing, lis­ten­ing and prob­lem solv­ing were en­hanced by hav­ing the stu­dents use a large rope to make mys­tery shapes, us­ing di­rec­tional and po­si­tional lan­guage and in­struc­tions.

Stu­dents in teams used their knowl­edge of pro­ce­dures to de­sign and build a shel­ter by writ­ing step-by-step in­struc­tions.

Th­ese in­struc­tions were given to an­other group to test the level of the in­struc­tions and the fol­low­ing of th­ese in­struc­tions.

Maths was in­ter­est­ing with stu­dents us­ing sticks to make right-an­gled isosce­les tri­an­gles.

Stu­dents had to use this knowl­edge and the cli­nome­ter they’d pre­vi­ously made, to work out how they could mea­sure the height of a tree.

In sci­ence, all of the school dis­cussed dif­fer­ent an­i­mal and in­sect homes and the ma­te­ri­als used in them.

Groups of stu­dents then col­lected ma­te­ri­als and made “homes”. Some of th­ese were very in­ven­tive in forms of bug ho­tels and palaces and an­i­mal homes.

When planned and im­ple­mented well, learn­ing out­side the class­room con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to rais­ing stan­dards and im­prov­ing pupils per­sonal, so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT OUT­DOORS: Amiens stu­dents build­ing a shel­ter dur­ing out­doors day.

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