Pencils, paper, sunshine and an education

Last Thursday, September 7 Mulyan Public School held an Outdoor Classroom Day, where all classes took their learning outside.

Mrs Jane Jeffries instigated the initiative and each teacher allowed their students to get out and enjoy the lovely spring weather.

Some classes spent the entire day outside, while others chose to spend part of the day. Some of the activities included pavement spelling, using leaves and sticks to learn about length and measurement, nature art, shared reading in the sun and using the lovely playground and green grassy ovals for many educational outdoor inspired activities.

Kindergarten students took the opportunity to walk up and visit Carinya to share some reading and other outdoor activities. After reading "The Magnificent Tree" 1J decided to walk up to Billy Goat Hill and study the bird houses that have been installed by the Adventure Playground Committee.

Mrs Jeffries said she was so impressed with the level of focus and enthusiasm shown by all the students simply by being outside.

“Even though they were doing the same learning as they would indoors, the sunshine and fresh air seemed to work wonders with keeping the students on task,” she said.

“It was so amazing that Mulyan teachers are committed to making outdoor learning a regular part of our school culture.

“We have the grounds to do it, with huge ovals, great playgrounds, vegetable gardens, herb gardens and many sports fields that we can make use of in so many different ways.

“Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. 

“It not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. The children absolutely loved it,” she said.