On Friday morning, we took the opportunity of a slight break in the rainy spring weather to get out to Markfield Park for this week’s Outdoor Learning session. Before we left the classrooms, we talked about the fact that the season has now changed from Winter to Spring. We focused in on the kinds of plants and flowers you can see beginning to emerge now that the weather is getting a bit warmer: such as daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and tulips.
When we arrived in the park, we saw masses of daffodils all along the grass at the sides of the paths. We talked about being really careful not to tread on any of the flowers and then Mr Saros showed us how to use chalks to do an “observational drawing” of the flowers we could see.
We began our own chalk drawings on the path. We learnt a technique called “blending”, using our fingers to rub two colours of chalk together to create the shade we needed. Like all great artists, we added our “signature” to our work by writing our names under our drawings. Hasn’t our writing improved since the beginning of the year?!
What a wonderful morning of science, art, gross and fine motor skills and English all rolled into one! Learning outdoors is really important for children. As the great Sir David Attenborough says, “No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”