Outdoor Learning at Kingsley School
At Kingsley we are privileged to have a lovely forest and garden area within our school grounds. We run regular outdoor lessons for children throughout the school. Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 visit the outdoor area weekly, Year 2 come for a term and Key Stage 2 classes each have a term outdoors. The work is a mix of team games, weather and nature observation and curriculum linked work, for example Phonics, English, Geography, Science, Art and Maths, using nature and the environment for as much learning as possible.
Below are just some of the areas developed when working outdoors
- Self-esteem & self belief
- Improve social skills
- Assist in peer relationship building
- Assist language & communication skills
- Provide cross-curriculum learning opportunities
- Provide the connection between theory and “the real world”
- Provide a more natural environment (classroom without walls)
- Promote independence
- Promote team working
- Enable the learning of new skills
- Enhance fine motor skills
- Improve Mental health and wellbeing
Children are encouraged to dress appropriately for the season when coming to the forest and keep wellies in school. However the school does have a number of sets of waterproofs and wellies we offer to the children if necessary.
Eco-Schools is an international environmental education programme and is managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the anti-litter campaign for England.
The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness. (Eco Schools Website)
Schools address these ten environmental themes:-
Pupils are important in forming and helping to lead an Eco-Committee which will carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school.
Kingsley Eco Club takes place on Thursdays after school in the Eco Pod and is open to all KS2 pupils. Children help to make up and deliver assemblies about waste and saving energy. They also come up with ideas of what the school needs to address next. Over the last few years the Eco club and committee have been involved in developing our class recycling (including a trip to the Viola Recycling Centre last July), setting up battery, crisp bag and pen recycling drop offs at school, composting fruit waste, keeping the grounds clear by regular litter picks, watering and planting in the garden, making bird feeders, posters and much more!
To find out more about Eco Schools, go to www.eco-schools.org.uk
During the spring of 2018 The Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art worked in collaboration with Kingsley School to produce a large piece of living artwork in the forest area. The artist, Mohamed Bourouissa along with his team, installed the piece, Resilience Garden then worked with children throughout the school to enhance it. The younger children kept and still keep all of the plants well watered throughout the year. For more information about this event and the artist click on, or paste the link below.
To look at photographs of how the piece was built and developed check out the gallery below.