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Clothing for Autumn 2 Sessions

 

As winter approaches please ensure your student has appropriate footwear and enough warm layers to wear for their outdoor learning sessions. This should include at least a tshirt layer, long-sleeved middle layer, and a warm jumper or hoodie, along with their coat/raincoat. It is likely that students will be taking part in activities where they will get dirty, so should not wear their school uniform or nice/fancy clothing for sessions.

 

Waterproof coats and wellies are especially important as we go outside regardless of the weather. The only exception to this is in the presence of thunder storms or strong winds. If a students arrives without appropriate clothing for the weather they may have to stay inside with another class during their session, which impacts on their learning experience.

 

We encourage all students to check the weather the day before their Outdoor Learning session. This teaches them to plan ahead and make appropriate clothing choices for the weather.

Overview and Session Schedule

 

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 class 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.

 

Year 3-6

 

Year 3

Thursday

mornings

Year 4

Tuesday

mornings

Year 5

Wednesday mornings

Year 6

Wednesday

afternoons

Autumn 1st half term

3M

4M

5M

 6M

Autumn 2nd half term

3S

4S

5S

 6S

End of Term break

Spring 1st half term

3J

4J

5J

 6J

Spring 2nd half term

3M

4M

5M

 6M

End of Term break

Summer 1st half term

3S

4S

5S

 6S

Summer 2nd half term

3J

4J

5J

 6J

 

Clothing

 

Morning sessions (Year 3, 4 and 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 before lunch.

 

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)
  • A change of socks
  • A waterproof coat
  • A warm jumper or fleece
  • A t-shirt
  • A long-sleeved shirt
  • Old trousers (no jeans please)
  • Waterproof over-trousers if possible

Optional for Autumn (weather dependent)

  • A warm hat and gloves
  • An extra layer of clothing depending on the weather (long sleeve shirt, extra fleece, leggings)
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