Outdoor learning makes a major contribution to children’s development at St Barnabas and St Paul’s. The teachers ensure that the outdoor area offers children the opportunity to investigate and explore, problem solve, use their imagination and creativity. Learning in the outdoors makes significant contributions to literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. In Reception the children have access to the newly renovated outdoor area every day as well as in taught lessons. In Years 1-6 teachers regularly plan memorable lessons outside that enhance all areas of the curriculum. Children in years 5 and 6 also have access to our new outdoor gym during school hours.
Teachers will often plan lessons which are taught outdoors, in science the children look at our local area and visit local parks, investigate living animals and plants and also participate in experiments outdoors allowing them to look at elements such as forces. In literacy there are opportunities to use different texts, charts, maps, timetables and instructions. In numeracy there are opportunities to measure angles and length, calculate bearings and journey times. These are all linked to other subjects such as Geography, History and Art. We also regularly participate in outdoor P.E lessons including lessons using the outdoor gym and offer a variety of after school sports clubs that are run outside.