Different outdoor learning experiences offer opportunities for personal and learning skills development in areas such as communication, problem solving, information technology, working with others and thinking skills. Learning in the outdoors can make significant contributions to literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. Therefore, outdoor learning offers many opportunities for learners to deepen and contextualise their understanding within curriculum areas, and for linking learning across the curriculum in different contexts and at all levels.
(Learning and Teaching Scotland, 2010)
At Kirkhill Primary we strive to provide regular outdoor learning experiences for all of our children. As a school we have a fantastic outdoor space which can be used across the curriculum to develop our children socially, emotionally and academically. During last session we had a super Science Garden added to our amazing Eco Garden and we can’t wait to explore here and other areas of our school grounds!
To allow all pupils to access outdoor learning in the changeable Scottish weather, we would like to ask if pupils could please bring in a named bag with old wellies, trousers (waterproof if possible but other old trousers if not) and a rain jacket. Please do not buy any new items! If you do not have any of these items which could be left in school throughout term time, please send a note to your child’s teacher and we will organise this for you. If you could please ensure that all items of clothing and wellies have your child’s name and class clearly marked, that would be fantastic. Also, if you have any spare items which your child is not using any more and you are happy to give these to the school, please put this in a bag with it clearly labelled as spare clothing for the school to allow items to be shared with our families.
Thank you in advance with your support with outdoor learning and please get in touch if you have any questions. This support will allow our children to have a fantastic time learning outdoors come rain or shine!