Outdoor Learning

In recent years there has been a growing body of research which suggests that frequent and regular time in natural settings has positive short and long term effects on children’s well-being. We embrace outdoor learning and use our secret garden and local community to enhance the learning opportunities for our pupils.

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Please take a look at what we’ve been learning outdoors.

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colour wheels

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We made our own patterns after looking for patterns in nature.

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The children have been learning about living and non living things. They learned the names of 4 different trees in our playground and thought about all the different animals and insects that rely on our trees.

2016/2017 session

Measure

Primary 3 have been using the outdoors to learn about measuring length.  Click on a picture to find out more!

Firework art

P3 also enjoyed creating some outdoor firework art using autumn leaves;  They added some onomatopoeia to their pictures to make them noisy!

2015/2016 session

P1 Pirates

Primary 1 enjoyed using the playground and secret garden as part of their pirate topic.  They made giant treasure islands, built shelters, went on a treasure hunt and made scary tree faces to deter other pirates!

Giant 3D island

Primary 1 had lots of good ideas about the landscape features you might find on a treasure island; they came up with lots of things like caves, hills, rivers, swamps, jungles, volcanoes, a beach and lots more.  They then worked together in teams to make a giant treasure island using a rope to mark out the island and loose parts materials to make the features.  They did a great job!

Treasure hunt

P1 also had lots of fun going on a treasure hunt in the secret garden.  They had to look at the map of the garden and work out where the ‘x’ was to find the first clue.  They had to follow the clues to find the treasure and got to do some challenges on the way.

Shipwrecked

The children found themselves shipwrecked on a treasure island.  They had to build a shelter to keep them warm and dry and hidden from enemy pirates!IMG_0900IMG_0896

Scary tree faces

To keep intruding pirates off of their island, Primary 1 made these terrifying clay faces.  They had to be scary enough to put off any enemy pirates from coming onto their island.

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P1 used clay and natural materials to make the terrifying faces

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How terrifying!

Foraging

As part of the Food for Thought funding we have been awarded, some P5 pupils were given the opportunity to go foraging by The Water of Leith.   Volunteers from The Slow Food Committee taught the children about edible weeds in our environment and the class had lots of fun looking for and identifying various edible weeds.  The volunteers kindly brought along pre-picked weeds (that had been picked from a cleaner environment and thoroughly washed!) for any brave P5’s to try out.  The pineapple weed went down a treat!

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Foraging for pineapple weed
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Identifying weeds

Symmetry in nature

Primary 2 looked for examples of symmetry in nature then created these lovely symmetrical patterns using natural objects.  The string represented the mirror line.  They were very creative!

Data handling outdoors

Primary 1 and 2 took part in the Big Schools Birdwatch and P2 then used their results to create an outdoor bar graph.  They saw lots of different garden birds and had lots of fun creating these bar graphs.  Primary 1 enjoyed looking at the bar graphs made by the P2’s and working out how many of each type of bird was seen.

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Can you name the bird?
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Birdwatch bargraph

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Primary 4 compared different natural materials using these Venn diagrams.

Primary 6 learned how to measure the age of trees and used frequency tables to record their results.

Fractions with sticks

Primary 5/4 enjoyed applying their knowledge of fractions to create outdoor fraction walls and to show examples of equivalent fractions using natural materials.

Weight in nature

Primary 1 enjoyed weighing various natural objects in the secret garden.  They used balancing scales to find out which objects were the heaviest or lightest and found out that just because an object is bigger than another one it doesn’t mean that it is always the heaviest.  They also sorted objects from heaviest to lightest.

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