How to use this exemplar to improve practice
This video, along with reflective questions, invites you to consider the impact of your own approach to planning learning. Watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:
- How does the curriculum offered at your setting ensure the best possible outcomes for all learners? How does this support raising attainment and achievement?
- How does your setting provide opportunities for outdoor learning? How do you incorporate these opportunities into curricular planning?
- What advantages can be gained from developing learning journeys through an interdisciplinary learning experience? Do the interdisciplinary learning opportunities delivered support making connections across learning?
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What was done?
The school made a sensory garden to provide an additional and alternative location for learning. Teachers worked collaboratively with learners and explored opportunities to incorporate outdoor learning into their science lessons. A webcam was placed in a bird box, which provided learners with the opportunity to engage more with their local environment. The learning that resulted from this experience supported the development of enquiry and research skills among the learners.
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What brought about the change?
The school had experienced an increase in the number of learners diagnosed with autism and so decided to create a sensory garden to ensure improvements in the wellbeing of all learners as well as facilitating equality and inclusion.
What was the impact?
Learners were able to make connections in their learning and connect outdoor learning experiences with learning that occurred within the class. The addition of the bird box webcam became the stimulus to support learners and develop higher quality enquiry and research skills. Learners were more engaged in their learning and, as a result, were able to develop a deeper, richer learning experience.