Last Updated: Friday, January 24, 2020

Science across the school: early level at Strathallan Primary (2013)

What is this?

The video illustrates how nursery children develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in the sciences through their own natural curiosity.

Who is this for?

This video is for classroom teachers who wish to understand the ways in which outdoor learning can be harnessed to support an investigative approach to the sciences.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice:

This video along with reflective questions invite you to consider the impact of your own approach to planning learning. You are invited to watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:

  • What opportunities have you had to plan and deliver a learning opportunity in an outdoor setting?
  • How did ensure that this was linked effectively to prior learning in the classroom?
  • How did you ensure that the outcomes of the outdoor experience then informed your future planning?
  • Did you consider how other partners could be involved in supporting the outdoor experience, for example parents and carers?
  • What digital technologies could be used to capture this outdoor experience for either further work in the classroom or for sharing with colleagues?

Explore this exemplar:

What was done? 

Strathallan Primary School established a regular programme of visits to their local forest for nursery children. Children were encouraged to explore, investigate, experience and question what they found in the outdoor environment.

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What brought about the change?

There was a desire on the part of the school to create stimulating and engaging lessons in the outdoors, built around children's natural capacity to explore and question.

What was the impact?

Such an approach develops children's questioning and investigative skills. It provides a basis upon which to build progression between levels.