My final day in my first year as a trainee teacher saw a visit to Beacon Country Park with the Year 1 Science Specialists – thank goodness for a fine day!
The day taught us how to encourage learning in the outdoors and how we can utilise nature and the spaces we have outdoors to maintain children’s interest of a subject and extend their knowledge. When experiencing many of the activities we discussed how we would adapt them to suit the needs of the children making sure we are proactive and ensuring children are taught effectively. The day also incorporated the Bucket School.
In the morning, science tutors lead the following activities:
- Team Building Games (Hands in a knot, finding their animal
partner, retrieving the key from the person in the middle of the circle).
- Weaving using natural materials found in the surroundings.
- Building a den for a teddy bear.
- Creating an animal from Plasticine adding natural materials to decorate, then placing it in its habitat.
- An insight to forest schools (Slide Show- placing a unique leaf in a frame and passing them round, Scent Cocktail – filling a plastic cup with natural materials and then smelling it).
In the afternoon we peer taught, leading our own activities to fellow students. Some of these activities included:
- Scavenger Hunt – Finding as many different coloured natural materials.
- Making a crown from natural materials.
- Spelling a word using natural materials.
- Finding the tree – Blindfold a person and guide them to a tree. Get them to feel it and then take them back to where they set off from. Take off the blindfold and ask them to then identify the tree they have just been at.
The day was very enjoyable and highlighted to me the vast variety of outdoor activities that children can benefit from.