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Outdoor Learning

** Please take note of the changed day of the week for Outdoor Learning in Reception and Year 1 classes. **

Reception Outdoor Learning is now on Monday afternoons.

Year 1 Outdoor Learning is now on Friday mornings.

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 group will take part in Outdoor Learning 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.

 

 

Reception

Monday afternoons

Year 1

Friday mornings

Year 2

Thursday mornings

Autumn 1st half term

Ruby

Coral

Sapphire

Autumn 2nd half term

Emerald

Tiger Eye

Topaz

End of Term break

Spring 1st half term

Diamond

Crystal

Pearl

Spring 2nd half term

Ruby

Coral

Sapphire

End of Term break

Summer 1st half term

Emerald

Tiger Eye

Topaz

Summer 2nd half term

Diamond

Crystal

Pearl

 

Clothing

 

Morning sessions (Year 1 and 2)

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 (Reception)

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. They will go home in their Outdoor Learning clothing unless they have an after school club.

 

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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