Outdoor learning is an integral part of our curriculum programme at OWIS. Outdoor learning is about more than getting students outside for a mental and physical break during the day. It is about extending the learning experience beyond the classroom walls and allowing children to experience their lessons in the real world. Outdoor learning for children is incorporated into many of the classes at OWIS, with teachers having the chance to take the lead and use the many outdoor spaces on our campus to enhance their daily lessons and instructions.
What is Outdoor Learning?
Outdoor learning is not just a subject that is part of our curriculum at OWIS. Rather, it's an element that is incorporated into nearly every course that is taught by our teachers. For example, a science teacher may encourage children to go out into one of the nature classrooms to collect leaves, observe natural materials and record changes that are taking place in the environment.
Outdoor learning is a way of pushing the boundaries of the classroom into the natural world. It gives children an opportunity to explore and be active while processing the lesson at hand.
One of the ways that we facilitate outdoor learning at OWIS is through our natural classrooms. These include:
Miniature Forest — This is considered to be a "living library" where children can discover the natural flora and fauna of the rainforest.
Berms and Sandpit — This is a natural playground defined by sand hills and grassy areas. Students are encouraged to run, play, jump and slide here.
While we take pride in our outdoor classroom spaces at OWIS, we also provide children with opportunities to immerse themselves in the community while enjoying outdoor learning opportunities. Students may have the chance to, visit a nearby museum or walk through a local nature trail as part of their outdoor learning experience at OWIS.
Outdoor Learning Benefits
The benefits of outdoor learning have been well-documented, and include:
Outdoor learning allows children to experience how their lessons apply outside of the classroom walls. With the guidance of their teacher, they can explore the world around them and better understand the topic that is currently being covered in the course.
Outdoor learning allows children to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of staying active while learning. Many children find it stressful to stay in a traditional classroom all day while they read, write and listen to their teacher. Outdoor learning provides them with natural stress relief.
Outdoor learning allows children to make real-life connections with the world around them. It allows them to feel more involved within their school and their community at large.
Outdoor learning is simply fun. When education is enjoyable, children are more likely to become lifelong learners.
Discover the outdoor learning opportunities at OWIS today. Contact us to schedule your campus visit and to talk about the benefits of outdoor learning with an admissions representative.