Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. In our countryside, nothing defines our natural environment more than the four seasons.
As our little blue planet circles the Sun, the weather changes, our plants change and our wild animals change their behaviour in the yearly cycle of life. Learning about seasons allows children to understand about the passage of time and teaches them about change. Children may be familiar with the big changes that happen throughout the year but there is a world of subtle and small changes which happen all around us and are waiting to be discovered.
Why do the leaves turn colour and fall? Why do the days get shorter and longer? Why do animals hibernate through winter and why do the rivers dry up in summer? Children will be alive with questions and through active games, teamwork and experiential learning they will be inspired to seek the answers together.
Children will also learn:
Children will also be taught to notice changes and to keep records of how trees, plants and wildlife change over time. This can make the basis for a year long class project.
To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.
How to observe changes over the four seasons.
How climate change is affecting our seasons
About the tilt and rotational axis of the Earth.
To understand the eight directions of a compass.
To express ideas and emotions through creative writing.
Empathy for other living things.
Our Discover Seasons sessions are adaptable for Foundation Phase, KS1 and KS2. The session content changes with the seasons too (as you would expect) so we can deliver a Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn day for your school. You can also book a programme of four sessions over a school year where children will get the opportunity to notice the changes in their local environment as the wheel of the year turns.
Get in touch with us to book your Discover Seasons session today.
LINKING TO THE NEW WELSH CURRICULUM
You can be sure that our Wild Curriculum sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…
- Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
- Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
- Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
- Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.
We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.
Take the first step toward giving your class an immersive outdoor learning experience. Come to our natural space that will inspire, motivate and educate. Simply get us in touch with using the form below.