This blog post is entirely inspired by Judy Duncan, a Primary 7 teacher at Kingswells Primary School in Aberdeen. All credit goes to her for the photos and the text below:
“I’m trying to encourage everyone to use our outdoor areas more. I take a P5 class out every Friday (while their teacher takes my class for French) for an hour of outdoor learning and my own P7 class for at least an hour a week.
David Birch, from Mile End School, gave me the idea of getting the pupils to make skeletons from sticks. The P5 class are studying the Human Body. I thought you might like to see the skeletons! The children worked in groups to complete them.”
I think this is a really clever idea. Although I’ve done various activities which involve children making outlines of dinosaurs, etc. I like the visual effect of these skeletons. Also, it really means that those who need to be challenged can aim for accuracy in their work over the number and size of the bones (allowing for the backbones, feet and other parts where there’s tiny bones).
The other reason why I enjoyed Judy’s photos and description was that the activity is part of the ongoing classwork and not a fragmented, isolated “special” outdoor learning activity.