"I hear and I forget,
I see and I remember,
I do and I understand"
Confucius (551 – 479 B.C.)
Here at Stalyhill Infant School, learning does not take place solely within our building. Outdoor time often provides the most memorable learning experiences and helps children to make sense of the world around them by putting their learning into a meaningful context.
Recent studies have highlighted some benefits of outdoor learning for young children:
higher levels of conversational language.
improved health and sleeping patterns.
greater physical competence and agility.
improved time focus on activities and more concentration.
a greater understanding of nature and the environment.
improved social skills, involvement and initiative.
Here at Stalyhill, we believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development and that is why we have made this one of our priorities. We are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by an environment rich in opportunities and we make full use of our local area, including nearby Cheetham’s Park, to enhance our educational provision. In addition, we are investing in ensuring that our classrooms allow for secure indoor-outdoor free flow education, so that this is accessible to all children throughout their time with us.
The outdoor environment offers motivating, exciting, different, relevant and easily accessible activities from Early Years through to Year 2. Our outdoor learning experiences are delivered through a combination of school-based outdoor learning, specialist teachers and visitors into school and visits to other places.
The journey through education for a child at Stalyhill Infant School will include a series of planned, quality outdoor learning experiences. Learning outdoors is part of our wide range of practical approaches to developing skills. Opportunities for outdoor learning exist within and across all curriculum areas and help to develop personal and social skills, communication, problem solving, thinking skills and teamwork, as well as English, Maths, Science and all other curriculum areas.
Please view our gallery below to see some of our recent outdoor learning experiences.
Why not enjoy a walk in our local countryside with your family or friends. Look for seasonal signs. You could even enjoy some countryside fun at these local events;