The second instalment of our annual Outdoor Classroom Days took place across the whole College this week, a global event to inspire outdoor learning and play, and an opportunity for us all to consider some of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as part of our DCI Sustainability Pledges.
Lessons learned outdoors, whether math, science or language, often stay with us for life. Being outdoors helps children to focus, boosts creativity and imagination, and can simply be more fun! Activities outdoors were designed to develop your child’s social and teamwork skills, and enhance their problem solving and creativity.
Our wonderful staff led them through their explorations using highly engaging lessons; the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci number in nature, statistical analysis in sampling ecosystems, scavenger hunts to practice prepositions, biological drawings of flora and fauna around campus, practicing voice projection and script performances in the amphitheater, Drop Everything and Read Outside, data collection of natural materials in the Eco Gardens, floral art murals and sewing, building space shuttle paper planes and scale models of the solar system whilst recreating finding the flag from the story Cosmic, developing leadership skills by passing on their knowledge and skills of our planet to younger students, and simply taking time to be mindful and meditate in the outdoors…to name but a few! We were blessed again with fantastic weather and everyone had a creative, active and fun-filled learning experience in the great outdoors!
Mrs Evelyn Anderson, Director of Active Learning (Whole College)
Mr Rajan Chana, Sustainability Lead (Junior School)
Ms Elizabeth Hawker and Ms Valerie Tan, Sustainability and Outdoor Learning Leads (DUCKS)