Outdoor Learning at Homerswood
Outdoor Learning operates on the principle that children of all ages can benefit greatly from the learning opportunities inherently present in an outdoor environment.
The outdoor learning that takes place promotes the social, personal, physical and emotional development of the children. They learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and more importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. The children develop a respect for the environment and living things.
The children will also cover the core and foundation subjects but in an outdoor setting. This approach fosters resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. Above all the learning is enjoyable and fun.
Autumn Term 2022
We have lots of fun and exciting things planned for our Outdoor Learning sessions this term. The focus for the Autumn Term will be predominantly on English and Maths.
English based activities include descriptive writing, poetry, creating woodland characters and participating in and designing scavenger hunts. Maths activities will be based around shape, angles, symmetry and measurement.
The children will be creating Outdoor Learning Charters. Please encourage your children to familiarise themselves with our outdoor guidelines.
" 123, where are you? " "123, we're here " The children then return to base safely.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Do not eat anything or place your hands in your mouth. Always wash your hands thoroughly on returning to class.
Each week we will learn a new word of the week and this will be displayed in the Outdoor Learning area. Below are the Autumn Term words. You can help by discussing the meaning of the words with your children.
nocturnal, predator, prey, camouflage, habitat, deciduous, diurnal, hibernation, evergreen and migration.
Please check the website for learning across the school from Reception to Year 6 and regular updates and photographs.
Thank you for your support.
Spring Term 2023
The focus for the Spring Term will be Science and Geography. Science based activities include making bird feeders, constructing wormeries, investigating waterproof materials and making elf houses. We will also be conducting a bird watch, making fires and learning about fire safety. Geography activities focus on looking at the differences between human and physical Geography, map reading and orienteering.
Below are the Spring words. You can help by discussing the meaning of the words with your children.
herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, flora, fauna, organic, decomposer, consumer, producer, compass and navigation.
Encourage your children to bring in interesting finds or photographs.
Year 1 made picture frames and created their own pictures using
natural resources such as leaves, berries, flowers and seeds.