Outdoor Learning 2021-2022
Outdoor Learning is considered an important part of the children’s learning at Mount Stewart. We are blessed to have such vast and diverse school grounds and neighbouring natural spaces. Each class will have the opportunity for outdoor learning, spread over six to eight sessions, twice during the academic year, so they can experience different seasons.
The time outside leads to interesting inquiries, math hunts, reading together, gardening, planting, creating shelters, creating sculptures, experimenting, and learning about our environment, the community and the world as a whole, including our place in it.
From families, we are asking that you send your child dressed appropriately for the weather and something you don’t mind them learning in (i.e. getting dirty). Children must always bring wellington boots to change into, or an extra pair of socks and waterproof shoes. You may wish to also provide waterproofs for the wet and windy days.
Please check the weather the evening before (and morning of!) your Outdoor Learning sessions to ensure you have the proper clothing. Please refer to the clothing list on the Infant and Junior Outdoor Learning pages if you need a refresher.
Photos will be shared on the Infant and Junior Outdoor Learning pages, and on the school Twitter account, so check it out to see what your outdoor adventurers have been (and will be) up to.
Please see below for further details about Outdoor Learning, including the timetable for 2021/22 and clothing required:
Outdoor Learning at Home
Being at home doesn't mean we have to stop connecting with the outdoors. Whether you have a garden, a balcony or even just a window here is a list of links from various sources that will hopefully keep you busy connecting with nature. It's a proven scientific fact that nature increases our health and wellbeing!
Outdoor Learning links
All free websites (at last viewing)
Some may repeat in other websites' list of links
RSPB Wild Challenge
A series of challenges that help wildlife, explore nature, and let you have fun in the outdoors. Earn points towards awards of bronze, silver, and gold.
Woodland Trust – Tree Tools for Schools
Spotting sheets, scavenger hunts, activities, lesson worksheets and more. You can also search for activities by curriculum subject or topic.
Wildlife Trust – Wildlife Watch
Activities, ID sheets and a variety of resources on wildlife in the UK. Also has an awards scheme for children of all ages.
Land Art for Kids
A simple website with some ideas about art that can be created while exploring outdoors. Ideas are primarily under sections How To Do Land Art, and How To’s.
Learning Outside the Classroom - Resource List
A list of resource sites for outdoor learning opportunities but also some Geography related (virtual exploration of other countries.) Not all are lesson based so pick and choose based on your needs and abilities.
RHS Campaign for School Gardening - Bring the Sunshine Inside
This page is aimed primarily at families staying home and gives some nice growing ideas to do inside. Further activities can be found in the Resources tab.
Wimbledon and Putney Commons - Activities List
A great list of nature-themed activities and websites to keep you occupied during isolation. Apparently this will be updated regularly so check back periodically.
And for when you can’t get outside but want to learn something!
Crash Course Kids – YouTube
Just over 100 videos covering Science-based topics from Engineering to Life Science. Primarily aimed at students in years 5-6 but can be accessible to younger students. Hint: In some videos she may talk too quickly. Change the playback speed in settings to 0.75!