Aubin Grove Primary students learn in great outdoors

Megan Bell and Jasmin Draper sketching cars while in their outdoor classroom. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d473433
Megan Bell and Jasmin Draper sketching cars while in their outdoor classroom. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d473433

IT wasn’t a mass walkout but a chance to learn something new when students at Aubin Grove Primary School packed up their books and moved their lessons outdoors.

Teachers were encouraged to take their regular lessons outside as part of the Nature Play WA’s Outdoor Classroom Day, with students trying their hands at math, reading, drumming, nature art and even cubby building outside of their classrooms throughout the day.

Aubin Grove PS’s Ash Verbickis said ever since the installation of their nature playground four years ago, the school always looked for new ways to use the space and that this event fell perfectly into that.

“We have continued to explore opportunities to develop our knowledge as teachers and challenge our thinking about play,” she said.

“We want to keep students engaged, challenged and excited about their learning process and being outdoors will also keep students connect with the world around them and possibly offer a new platform for inquiry and investigation.”

She said the cubby project was extra special as Year 6 students were encouraged to draw and design four new cubbies for the school’s Nature Playground.

“After design discussions, plans will be taken directly to a builder so these cubbies are going to be made for kids by kids,” she said.

“The plan at this stage is that these cubbies will be built and added as a ‘tiny town’ feature to our nature playground.”

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