Outdoor Learning

Autumn Term Owl School Activities September Term 2023

Victory & Eclipse

Outdoor Learning Made Easy Level 2 - Unit Materials & Building

The students will use different materials to make balance towers working individually or in pairs.  They will learn how to measure these towers using standard and non-standard forms of measurement, estimate the height of different trees and gain experience sorting items into order based upon their height. Students will use woodland and natural materials to make a range of mud sculpture.  Students will gain experience making some temporary shelters using sticks working with a partner or as part of a small team.  We will spend time searching for minibeasts and using identification keys to classify them.   After time will be allocated to making some bug hotels for these minibeasts and creating and area in the outdoor space for these buildings.  Students will create some eco bug banners and slogans to help protect and inform others upon the importance of these minibeasts.  The unit will conclude with a popcorn and hot chocolate reflection session in which students can reflect upon the activities undertaken.

Discovery & Invincible

Outdoor Learning Made Easy Level 3 - Unit on Exploring our Senses

Students will engage in a range of activities based upon using the five human senses of taste, sight, smell, hearing and touch.  The unit will start with students participating in a sound safari in which they identify and record a range of woodland and animal sounds. Students will investigate natural woodland materials such as pinecones and straw via a feeling box activity to develop their sense of touch and communication skills. Students will also explore ways of making their own woodland sounds and music utilising a range of woodland and reclaimed materials.  Students will have an opportunity to harvest and peel fruits to gain an understanding of the smells and textures associated with these items.  Students will also arrange leaves and collect other collections of woodland materials to make rainbow displays of colours or shades illustrating a particular colour.  This unit will conclude with a fire pit session in which students reflect upon their experiences over a cup of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

Challenger & Explorer

Outdoor Learning Made Easy Level 5 - Unit on Habitats

Students will learn how to identify and name a range of creatures that live in different habitats within the outdoor environment.  They will gain information upon what special adaptations these animals have developed to help them survive in these locations and some of the food chains which exist between these species.  Students gain experience using classification keys to identify different varieties of butterflies or other woodland animals.  Students will also learn how to assemble a mini – rib shelter using sticks to create a hedgehog home and may engage in making a bird boxes or shelters for other woodland animals.  They will learn how to navigate the woodland area using a handheld compass and engage in a range of team and paired challenges relating to developing their knowledge of woodland species. Students will participate in a litter pick of the outdoor space and may take part in a fire lighting experience learning how to use the flint and striker safely.  There will be scope to explore the hazard rubbish and plastic waster poses to animal communities as students design posters to keep the woodland tidy up.  This unit will conclude with celebration picnic in which students’ knowledge of animal habitats and food chains may be tested via a multiple-choice style quiz.

Adventure & Endeavour

Outdoor Learning Made Easy Level 6 - Unit on Plants & Trees

Children will learn about the different types of leaf structure and learn how to identify deciduous and evergreen trees by using a range of information keys and  use leaves to identify different types of trees.   Students will examine leaf structures and take sketches, rubbings and prints of different leaves.  They will then compose a leaf-based collage or spectrum to illustrate the autumn range of colours or a shade of green.  Children will apply this knowledge of leaves to help them describe and identify different tree species in the outdoor environment.  Children will also collect and dissect a flower to investigate its parts and the function in which water is transported and use in photosynthesis.  As part of this unit students will plant some flowers, saplings, or shrubs in the outdoor environment.  Students will create natural perfume from fruit, flowers and natural ingredients.  Children will explore with natural materials such as berries, mud & chalk to make natural paints.  At the end of this unit students will have an opportunity to take part in a celebration campfire session toasting marshmallows and sharing hot chocolate whilst they reflect upon the activities undertaken this term.

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Important Information

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