learning outside the classroom

Learning in the Great Outdoors

Children learning in the Great Outdoors

Being outside is good for all of us. However, the great outdoors provides an expanse of learning opportunities that are particularly significant for those in pre-school, Reception and Year 1.

In recent years, study after study has highlighted the growing amount of time young children spend in front of screens and the correlating diminishing time spent outside. Society has changed. More of us work in offices Monday to Friday, few of us work outdoors and many of us only see our children in the evenings and at weekends. These days, kicking a ball around a field or collecting leaves in Autumn has a lot to compete with. Computer games, Youtube and on demand children’s TV often consume our children’s entire attention.

Guardian at Wynstones Steiner Waldorf School

Wynstones ideas for school trips

Wynstones School has taken their children on trips for many years, with key trips throughout the different age groups.

Although they are not set in stone, there is a framework that creates stability and expectation, as well as a bank of knowledge within the staff on how to organise particular trips and what has worked and what can be improved the following year.

The youngest classes do local walks to the woods and fields; by age nine they have regular work mornings on a local farm, and then at the end of the year possibly have a night’s camping on the farm. As they get older, the trips get a bit longer and further from home. They are all related to the Steiner curriculum and age appropriate.