Children here at early level experience 50 per cent of learning and play outdoors, those at first level have 33 per cent and second level children have a quarter of their school time outdoors. This has enabled the school to use a mixture of formal and informal learning outdoors to build in play-based and pupil-led learning, which, in turn, has helped to reduce anxiety and build resilience.
Really positive article in TES by Jay Helbert💙 (@learningjay) .
Our Forest School (in the grounds of Argyll Estate) and Beach School (on the shore of Loch Fyne) provide opportunities for a blended experience. These lessons take place weekly over the course of a school term and are child-centred experiences where teachers set up learning “provocations” and options for activities ranging from den-building and mapping to creating artwork and storytelling.
I’ve done a bit of outdoor learning in school but nowhere near the 25% the second level classes are managing here. I was interested to see this maths idea:
where children survey plant and animal species to gather data
I sometimes struggle to think up second level ideas for literacy & numeracy. I’ve mostly found early and first level ideas online.
The outdoors a great stimulus for writing, reports, narrative and poetry. Talking and listening seem built in. In maths we have done a fair bit of shape & measure and I can see the potential for data and related activities. It would be good to see a bank of ideas. 25% is more than once a week.
Bonus thought, has TES Scotland become a sort of medium for educational blogging. I am reading a lot of good stuff on TES.
Outdoor Classroom Day | The Outdoor Classroom Day movement aims to make time outdoors part of every child's day, at home and at school.
Pinterest drives me crazy when searching and has some worries but this looks very useful.
The only that will make you feel better every time you use it.
Pl@ntNet is the world’s best social network is an interesting article and leads to a useful looking app.
Pl@ntNet is a plant identifier that combines algorithmic and social tools to identify plants.
An algorithm matches the digital image against a massive plant database and presents its best guesses as to what type of plant it is. The user who submitted the original image picks from a list of the most likely candidates, and ranks the probability the image is a match on a five-star scale. The community then vets each image, validating the identification or suggesting a new one.
The post has lots of interesting angles on the possible future of social networks, the indieweb and a nice personal touch. Highly recommended.
Last week I crowd sourced a flower identification, I ran the same image through Pl@ntNet this morning and had confirmation of the conclusion ‘we’ had reached1.
I made a couple more tests on the app and it seems to work really well. My one problem was that submitting photos uses the location you are at at the time of submission, not where I took the image (as far as I can see). Often I want to take a picture and bring it home to identify. I don’t want to give the impression that a Scottish hill flower is at home in Glasgow city! I can of course just id flowers without uploading them but the organisation wants people to add to the collection in the name of citizen science.
I’d recommend the app itself too, it seems to work very well, could be useful for outdoor learning and Pl@ntNet’s practices and principles sound great: open and thoughtful.
We thought we’d let you know of an event hosted by Inspiring Scotland and Children in Need and supported by Jeely Piece to look at lots of different ways to facilitate play.
The event is designed to showcase the raft of playful activities that can be delivered for disadvantaged children and young people across Scotland, playful opportunities that require little or no equipment, and that can be utilised in family’s homes, in their communities and in schools. Play can make a massive difference in the lives of children and young people and not just at an early age. This event will demonstrate how play activities can be delivered in different ways with all age groups.
The event will also look at how funding is available to charitable organisations to kick start and support playful opportunities that enhance the lives of Scotland’s children and young people.
The event is practical and will be both indoors and outdoors, so please come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day and wear outdoor shoes.
During the day workshops will be on offer:
o Inclusive Play – Capability Scotland
o Play Rangers and Street Play – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid
o Active Play – Agile, Healthy Valleys and Jeely Piece Club
o Risky Play – Play Scotland and Care Commission
o Cooking Outdoors and Fire Play – Broxburn Family Centre
o Mini Play Rangers – Parent Action for Safe Play and Youth Scotland
You can register here.