Exploring our natural world

Updated: Mar 26, 2021

Children today often have less opportunity for outdoor free play and regular contact with the natural world. Their physical boundaries have shrunk due to many factors. Not only have children’s play environments dramatically changed in the last few decades, but also the time children have to play has decreased.

Children’s curiosity about the natural world and unique way of understanding requires discovery and exploratory learning.

This week I want to highlight learning in nature. Island Bay School has a focus on natural curiosity, imagination, wonder and discovering learning.

Where possible we use naturalized play environments that include:

  • water and sand

  • plentiful vegetation, including trees, bushes, flowers and long grasses

  • animals, creatures, butterflies, bugs

  • a diversity of colour, textures and materials

  • ways to experience the changing seasons, wind, light, sounds and weather

  • natural places to sit in, on, under, lean against, climb and that provide shelter and shade structures, equipment and materials that can be changed, actually, or in their imaginations, including plentiful loose parts

Many students were at one with nature this week, trying their hand at observational drawing, and over 50 students went into the forest for Forest School.

Have you considered how you will connect with nature this weekend?

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