LEARNING THROUGH THE OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT
AFFLIP Coordinator: Pat Maloney
TWG Coordinator: Hazel Linaza
AFFLIP works with each school to develop ways to utilise and enhance the Outdoor Environment to promote learning. This portfolio focuses on the concept of using the outdoor environment to enhance student learning through the formal and informal curriculum.
It involves educators and students working together to explore and then design outdoor spaces using natural materials, to foster learning through play.
Teaching materials and resources for mainstream subjects which use the outdoor environment (eg vegetable gardens, aquaculture) as the starting point for learning in subjects such as Science, Maths, English and EPP.
Approaches to enhancing the outdoor physical environment of the school and its capacity to foster learning (e.g. quiet areas for contemplation, areas for games and social interaction).
This program commenced with a pilot project in A. Bonifacio Elementary School which included the hosting of a delegation of educators to SA to learn about the conceptual background to “learning through play” and to observe practical examples of its implementation in a range of schools. Educators then returned to the school, shared their findings and then progressed the program. They have now introduced all Talomo schools to the program with great effect.
AFFLIP has contributed $20,000 to the Outdoor Learning Program largely through the fund established by the Harris family in memory of Di and John Harris.