Giraffe - Outdoor Learning

10th October 2014

During September, Giraffe Class been developing their geography skills and discovering lots of new things about their local surroundings.  The unit was rounded off, with a creative and practical morning exploring the school’s diverse outdoor learning areas.  The children were armed with a piece of willow and with new knowledge of the countryside code; they created their very own map in the form of a Journey Stick.  At each place visited, which included the Sensory Garden, Wildlife area, Secret Path, Vegetable Patch and Den Building area, the children foraged for special items that would help them remember the journey and make a 3D map of the route.

Each Journey Stick was unique and very special to its creator.  Once finished the sticks were used to help make a pictorial map of the school with a key.  However, we found not only were the Journey Sticks useful in geography, the children used them to write about their experiences in literacy and inspiration for their Rothko style paintings.