In their latest unit, Early Years 5 students have been learning about flowers and insects in a physical setting.
By approaching their lessons in an outdoor environment, the students learn about biodiversity outside of what they see in books. They have the opportunity to closely observe animals, plants, trees, and everything they can find around themselves.
The EY5 kids have spent the last few days out in nature, digging for worms, planting flowers in the school garden, and taking long walks in the forest.
They’ve also had a chance to watch caterpillars in metamorphosis, transforming in their cocoons. Observing their surroundings and discovering the transformation of what grows and how it grows, supports their understanding of various floral and faunal species.
The Outdoor Learning experience helps the children engage and acquire knowledge in a practical environment. Augmenting classroom learning with real-life experiences outside the classroom, aligns with authentic learning and fosters critical thinking – something we always strive to enable across grade levels.
The younger students learn to comprehend the human dependence on biological ecosystems. They learn about how other living beings exist in the natural world, and they discover parallels with their human growth.
If you would like to know more about Outdoor Learning at the FIS, please get in touch with Sarah Sharpe, FIS Outdoor Learning teacher, at Sarah.Sharpe@the-fis.de.