At White Ash we are committed to Learning Outside the Classroom. Detailed research into Learning Outside the Classroom has proven that learning outdoors is highly beneficial to all pupils, especially those who are not excelling academically. At White Ash we take pupils outdoors on a regular basis to either our woodland area on site, or our local forest areas. In these sessions children take part in a wide variety of activities linking to all their lessons and also activities such as den building, survival skills, sensory trails, team building games, bug hunts, making rope swings and even fire making and outdoor cooking. The quality experiences children gain from these sessions are outstanding! Learning outside the Classroom has been shown to improve physical and motor skills, language and communication skills, social skills, team working skills, knowledge and understanding of the environment, increased self-confidence and self-belief as well as increased motivation and concentration. We feel all of the above are essential skills for our pupils at White Ash. The results so far have been fantastic!
We have fantastic grounds at White Ash Primary School in which we are able to provide valuable Learning Outside the Classroom. These include our woodland area with a purpose built fire pit and seating area, willow dens, outside reading corner and a mud kitchen.
The mud kitchen provides an incredible range of opportunities for our children’s learning. Children are early explorers, scientists and artists. Curiosity, appeal and the pleasure of finding things out are essential to children’s early development.
But most importantly of all, great fun!
On Wednesday 17th May, a group of KS2 children attended an outdoor activities event at Mill Hill Canalside Activity Centre. We took part in a range of outdoor activities including canoeing, archery, orienteering and team building games. It was a great day and the children gave their all in each of the activities - some of them for the first time ever! Well done team.