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Learning in the Natural Environment (LINE)

At St Stephen's, we know how important it is to get outside and breathe some fresh air. The benefits of outdoor learning are endless, energising our bodies and stimulating our minds, ready for learning.


Where possible, we try to find ways to take our learning outside, finding learning experiences within our natural environment which also link to our curriculum. 

2017 - 2018

Year 5: What sounds can we hear in nature?

Year 6 Enquiry: How were the people of Britain affected by the First World War?

Year 4: How do you build a fire? Could this help Ivan survive in our Power of Reading text, 'Ice Palace'?

Year 3: Can we use a line to show time?

Year 4: What are negative numbers?

2016 - 2017

Get Growing: 5CP working hard to maintain their crops

Year 5: Is everything outside the same temperature? Why? Why not?

Year 5: Are tree giants living in our school grounds?

During Guided Reading in Term 4, we read a Pie Corbett text all about Tree Giants. Could tree giants live in our school grounds? We ventured outside to look and listen for signs of these shy giants. Can you spot any?

5CP: Can you imagine a world without trees?

6CJ: Can we calculate with negative and positive numbers?

Wild Week 2016

Our first week back was Wild Week! Children and teachers enjoyed the last of the summer sunshine exporting our school grounds. From making clay creatures and petal potions, to harvesting and growing our own food, a great time was had by all! We are excited to experience more of our learning in outdoor spaces.

2015 - 2016

What makes a good home for a butterfly?

Pollination: St. Stephen's are now part of a project to bring more pollinating insects to the area. We've already started by surveying our grounds for insects and pollinating wildlife. Watch this space!

4JP: What stories might a tree tell?

Year 3: Walking the perimeter

4JP: How long does it take to walk 1km?

4JP: How long does it take to walk 1km?

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5CL: What is the perimeter of our playground? What is the area?

5CG: What is the best unit of measurement for finding lengths in our playground?

2014 - 2015

4DLT: How can nature inspire our artwork?

In 4DLT we got into the nature area for an afternoon with the challenge of making a piece of artwork using only natural resources. We used a range of different resources such as leaves, flowers, twigs and soil.

4AD: How can we represent our inner thoughts with mud?

As part of Anti Bulllying Day 4AD went outside and made 'our Inner helper' out of mud . We talked about the way this inner helper mkaes us choose the right decision in stressful times.

6OL: What would you say to Carla?

As part of our enquiry we discussed what Bradley might say to his school councillor and then recorded what we would say.

Year 5's Secret Garden's Blanket

When studying The Princess Blankets, we innovated our own blanket - the Secret Garden's blanket. Collecting specimens from the Secret Garden, we constructed a model using collage techniques then wrote a descriptive paragraph, utilising our figurative language skills. 

As part of our poetry unit on Spring, we went outside to sketch things that show us Spring has arrived.

3CL: Can Spring inspire our poetry?

6DP: What can we find in our school pond?

In 6DP, as part of our Outdoor Learning project, we did some pond dipping of our school pond and collected lots of tadpoles. We then tried to recreate their natural habitat in a tank in our classroom. Finally, we researched their diet to ensure they are healthy and happy!

We discussed the life cycle of a tadpole - we're desperately hoping to grow some frogs!

We also discussed how many challenges face tadpoles and how they overcome these by being born in the masses!!

3CJ's Teddy Adventure: Where might Teddy go?


As part of our enquiry we took our teddies on a similar adventure to one that we will be writing about in our challenge. We used the school grounds to tell our story before finding an exciting place to sketch our teddy during its adventure. 

4JP: Do trees have stories?


In 4JP, we were inspired by a story from a tree's perspective, that told everything he could see, from birth, to when he was finally chopped down. We went out in the school grounds and used mud sculptures to give the trees faces. We then used that experience to write diaries for the trees.

Diary: The Life of a Tree

Year 4 Enquiry: How are sounds made?


As part of our enquiry, year 4 conducted a mini investigation - How far can a whisper travel? Here we are on the school field, measuring the distance a whisper can travel. The furthest we recorded was 196 footsteps!

How far can a whisper travel?

Year 4 Enquiry: How are wolves and humans similar?


Year 4 learned that wolves and humans require similar things to survive in the wild. We decided that we'd like to write outdoor survival guides for humans, so we started researching how to find shelter and how to build fires. Here are some pictures of 4JP learning how to build a fire.

Year 4 Enquiry: How are wolves and humans similar?


As part of our enquiry, we researched the similarities and differences between wolf and human habitats. We took our learning outside and built shelters that would protect us from wind and rain.

How to survive in cold climates: Survival Guides and Intractuions for building a fire.