learning outside the classroom

World Jumping UK introduce Flexi-Bounce Therapy 

Children jumping on trampoline

Most teachers and care staff who provide Rebound Therapy, know of the benefits and would like to be able to provide it on a daily basis. 

Currently, a common issue for many special needs schools and centres is that they can only provide Rebound Therapy sessions once or twice a week due to their number of students and only having one or two full sized trampolines. And during holiday times, sessions stop altogether. Some schools and centres are not able to provide Rebound Therapy at all because they do not have the budget or space for a full sized trampoline.

A little bird told us… there’s new activities flying into KidZania London this February half term!

Child at Kidzania London

This half term plan a trip to KidZania London, the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush, and get stuck into a host of activities alongside some exciting new additions to the real-life adventures on offer.

KidZania understands that it can be tricky for parents KidZania to strike the right balance between education and fun outside of school, so these new activities over the half term have been designed with this in mind. The focus is on teaching kids new life skills and prioritising healthy eating during the holidays. Plus, it get’s even better with treats to take away!

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.