We were very pleased to award Little Green Junior School an award to buy two class sets and an intervention group set of portable outdoor seating. In a detailed and well-argued bid, Joanna Rowland (Pastoral Lead) showed how a large number of children would benefit from the equipment:
“The equipment enables two classes to use portable, purpose built seating to support their focus and involvement in outdoor learning. Similarly, a small intervention group will benefit too.
…Alternatively, the equipment can be used in a variety of ways to stimulate imagination and independent learning.
…Little Green After School Club
…Local Brownie and Guide pack
…School holiday and/or after school groups such as Art Club, Tech Club (as and when these resume)”
She then went on to explain the need and the many benefits of this equipment and outdoor learning, putting her arguments in current context and giving specific illustrative examples e.g:
“When our Year 6 cohort returned to school in June (after the partial lifting of Covid-19 restrictions) it was immediately apparent how invaluable these outside spaces were. Children were not necessarily with their usual class teacher, peers or friendship group. Nevertheless, in spite of the necessary restrictions, the children thrived when learning outside. For example, teachers were able to devise maths challenges using natural resources, art inspired by Goldsworthy and Frieda Kahlo, as well as numerous (socially distanced) PE and team building activities focusing on self-esteem and secondary school preparation. The freedom of learning in the fresh air and open spaces undoubtedly released some stress and anxiety for the children.
…For example; mini beast hunts and observing nature, transformed into a Celtic fort, as well as the scene of an ambush by Roman Centurions, data collection, sketching or painting nature and of course, whole class or group speaking and listening or reading. Research confirms that by experiencing their learning kinaesthetically, children’s understanding and recall of their learning is far more embedded.”