When I facilitate courses for the Early Years team in Aberdeen City, most of them happen in different establishments. I like this for several reasons. I get to find out more about a school and its nursery class. All the participants get an opportunity to visit and see what is happening in a different place. Together we can brainstorm and discuss real issues in a real setting. Perhaps the only downside is small seats to sit on!
Last week one course took place at Kirkhill Primary School where we were allocated the Additional Support Needs Classroom. Inside was quite an amazing set up…
The plastic greenhouse had been entirely set up by children as part of their project visiting and exploring Duthie Park – a nearby public park which houses the Winter Gardens – a huge glasshouse of exotic plants.
The children have been totally absorbed and inspired by their weekly visits and subsequent work. As well as putting together the structure, they also planned and drew their own ideas for a park. The trays contain their “parks” grown from grass seed and other natural materials. Some used very old butter beans as paths which have sprouted too, much to the amazement of all.
This blog may be about learning outside, but what happens indoors matters too. We want children to love and build upon their outdoor experiences. I think this set up typifies the potential of an outdoor visit to inspire and create positive events back inside too. Thank you to all involved for such a fab example.