Learning Outside The Classroom
'Active play is the natural and primary way that children learn. It is essential to their healthy growth and progress, particularly during periods of rapid brain development.'
Sir Ken Robinson
There is much research showing that we spend too little time in the natural world and it has had grave effects on our mental and physical health. Study after study suggests that spending time outside reduces stress for children and adults.
Then the children had a tractor-and-trailer ride around the farm fields, meeting and learning about bullocks and sheep on the way. After that, Tom took them into the middle of a crop to learn about worms and their importance to the ecosystem.
Following an impressive fund-raising mission by Miss Swain, the children and the parents of Whaddon School, there is now a beautiful tree house installed at Forest School. The children were so excited to find it when they returned after the Easter holidays. One day, when the younger trees have grown, it will be entirely concealed by woods!
A further development has been a covered area in the KS1 outdoor area. This means that the children will be able to go outside to learn even when the weather tries to prevent them. It also means the children's wellies have a new home!
On a rainy Tuesday morning the whole of Whaddon School set out across the fields to visit Mrs Kirby’s farm. Mrs Kirby had kindly invited us to see her lambs—she has over 80! A huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs Kirby from all of the staff and children for having us to visit!
Here is what Harrison had to say:
We walked to the Kirby’s farm in the rain. We had a lot of gear! The lambs were tiny and white. It was special to me. I liked the tiny lambs. The lambs made a cute sound and they were so fluffy. There was hay everywhere! We also walked a looooooong way back.
For a while, the children have been saying that they’d like a treehouse at Forest School. Finally, that dream is becoming a reality! Using your kindly donated fruit and vegetables, the children packed some beautiful hampers and created eye-catching posters. The sale on the playground was a very busy and happy occasion.
The children have also been enthusiastically selling raffle tickets this week. With the funds from these and your generous donations on ‘Justgiving’ we have reached our fundraising goal. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported us in fundraising for the Forest School Treehouse. We are all very much looking forward to seeing it begin to take shape.