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Field School 

 

It is essential that all children get frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in the outdoor environment and this should not be seen as an optional extra. Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement whilst promoting a sense of well-being.

 

At Lydeard St Lawrence School we aim for our all children to thrive holisitically as well as academically, our Field School provision is an important part of this ethos. Field School sessions focus on a wide range of skills such as; communication, self and in the moment risk assessment, team working, emotional resilience and intelligence as well as self motivation and empathy. In addition to this, curriculum based learning is delivered through physical outdoor based activity. For example, the children may be exploring our school site making sound and site maps, taking surveys of and observing the flora and fauna, using keys and guides to identify what they have found or using natural materials to build, design and construct. Bushcraft, outdoor art, science, DT, English and Maths are all woven into these sessions as appropriate . 

 

Field School is weekly in EYFS and bi-weekly in Keys stages 1 and 2. Field school is led by Mrs Morin, who is our THRIVE practitioner and is level 3 field school trained. Mrs Morin is supported by the class support staff during these sessions. 

 

Please take a look at some of the exciting and engaging activities we have been up to recently.

Barn Owls went on an autumn leaf hunt !

Barn Owls went on an autumn leaf hunt
We climbed, wriggled and crawled to find them all
We made sure we looked everywhere!
We sorted our leaves by shape, colour and size
Listening to the sounds in our field

Snowy Owls have been thinking about using natural materials to design and make structures and art

Designing and building using natural materials
We worked together in pairs and groups
We tested and explored flexibility and strength
Joining was tricky, but we got there
We used different materials for different jobs
We used what we discovered to build and construct
Some of us built some amazing structures
Others created works of natural art

Eagle Owls have been thinking about changes in materials - We experimented with ice and insulators

How quickly would the ice melt?
Would covering the ice make a difference ?
Is sand a good insulator?
Would fabric work better?

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