Students take the classroom outside
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.
GREAT OUTDOORS: Amiens students building a shelter during outdoors day.