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Outdoor Learning

At the Mount Stewart Schools we are extremely fortunate to have such a large outdoor space for learning. By allowing children the freedom to be outside, we reinforce their emotional well-being, which in turn provides them with the skills to better navigate the world around them. Learning outdoors also contributes to personal, social, and emotional development, increasing resilience and developing healthy habits and attitudes. We know that active children perform better in school and later in life, and studies have shown that children undertaking fieldwork activities across subjects achieved higher literacy scores than students who did not. 

 

Our outdoor learning sessions provide students with learning opportunities through practical activities in all seasons and weather. Sessions are designed for students to learn in a safe environment, while learning to assess risk and developing the ability to respond to new situations.

 

Each half-term a different class in each Year 3,4, and 5 class will take part in Outdoor Learning sessions. Year 6 will have 4-5 week sessions. Each class will have two blocks of sessions over the course of the year to experience the different seasons. Please refer to the timetable below for your class and for the list of clothing your student will need for their session.

 

Year 3-5

 

Year 3

Tuesday mornings

Year 4

Wednesday mornings

Year 5

Friday mornings

Autumn 1st half term

3M

4M

5M

Autumn 2nd half term

3S

4S

5S

End of Term break

Spring 1st half term

3J

4J

5J

Spring 2nd half term

3M

4M

5M

End of Term break

Summer 1st half term

3S

4S

5S

Summer 2nd half term

3J

4J

5J

 

Year 6

Date

Class

Friday afternoons

14.9.18 – 12.10.18 (5 weeks)

6M

19.10.18 – 23.11.18 (5 weeks)

6S

1.12.18 -

6J

End of Term Break

- 18.1.19 (5 weeks)

6J

25.1.19 – 1.3.19 (5 weeks)

6E

8.3.19 – 30.3.19 (4 weeks)

6M

End of Term Break

26.4.19 – 17.5.19 (4 weeks)

6S

24.5.19 – 21.6.19 (4 weeks)

6J

29.6.19 – 19.6.19 (4 weeks)

6E

 

Clothing

 

Morning sessions (Year 3, 4, 5)

Please ensure your student comes to school dressed in their Outdoor Learning clothing. They will need to bring their uniform and school shoes to change into at lunch time.

 

Afternoon sessions (Year 6)

Your student will come to school dressed in their school uniform. Please ensure they have their Outdoor Learning clothing and shoes/wellies in a bag to change into after lunch.

 

Clothing List -

  • Outdoor shoes – walking or wellington boots or that can get wet and dirty (*wellingtons are essential if it muddy or raining)
  • Warm socks
  • A waterproof coat
  • A warm jumper or fleece
  • A t-shirt
  • Old trousers (no jeans please)
  • A warm hat and gloves
  • Waterproof over-trousers if possible
  • An extra layer of clothing depending on the weather (long sleeve shirt, extra fleece, leggings
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