Outdoor Classroom Day Case Study: Camp Hill OSHC
Tell us approximately your center.
Camp Hill OSHC is a reasonably mammoth service catering for 195 children in both the morning and afternoon. We focus largely on outdoor loose parts play facilitated and supervised beside a playwork approach.
What type of outdoor play and learning today happens at your centre?
At OSHC we meet all our Framework (My time Our Place) outcomes holistically in an outdoor setting. Staff are trained to be deeply aboard and observe play and realize the outcomes, principles, and practices. Children regularly engage in behaviors such as cooking on the fire, building beside loose parts, water play, tree climbing and playing in the rain.
Can you narrate your understanding of Outdoor Classroom Day (OCDay) and why your centre is supporting it?
Outdoor Classroom Day to us is a chance to normalise the plan of getting outside to learn. We see this day as a catalyst for showing people unprejudiced how easy it can be!
What prompted your school to participate in OCDay?
OSHC appointed the call in 2017 to support the school we are attached to. As merely approx. half the preps of the school arrive to us, the thought was that it would be incredible to share our space with the other children. The children all had an amazing day and in 2018 we decided to invite the prep and grade one children. This time it was conducted over 2 years and was yet again a huge success. We are looking forward to having the prep and year one children assist in 2019!
What are some of the topics and learning exercises you public with your students on OCDay?
The children complicated in a lot of rigorous free play pursuits in the loose parts adventure playground. In addition to loose parts play we formed over the fire, made clay tree spirits, set up a tyre run and concerned in water play.
How often do you consume your students outside for learning?
Camp Hill OSHC is largely outdoor-based plus only weather (and not even always then) forcing us to use inside exclusively.
What are slightly of the benefits you have found by bringing children outdoors for learning? In sure, what are the changes to their:
Learning: Children in our outdoor loose parts environment are infinitely additional engaged as learners. Their ability to freely determine their activity means they choose to tackle problems relevant to them at that moment supporting engagement and real-life learning outcomes.
Behaviour/personality: The loose parts environment is excessively inclusive as mainly activities’ activity-driven and always peer-driven. This requires we find a range of ages and genders often functioning together on one project out of interest attractive than need. These play frames rarely require implied or mutter permission to enter, just an interest, arranging them very accessible. This supports the involvement of special/additional obtains children, socially awkward and anxious children all catch a place to play comfortably.
In regards to negative behaviour, we find the outdoor loose part environment is a heavy mitigator indeed. This is largely due to children’s strength to act in a flow state. The outdoor environment has manipulatable risks allowing children to set the degree of challenge relevant to their degree of developed exchange. This ensures play, is never too easy, or too hard. Flow theory states that after challenges are too hard, anxiety occurs, and after they are to easy, boredom occurs. awe or boredom being the two largest causations of negative behaviour reducing the chance for them to occur is a broad thing.
Participation in teamwork: Teamwork and collaboration are greatly magnified in the outdoor setting. Loose parts greatly enhance opportunities for children to performance together to create and construct their own environment. Some loose parts are heavy and require collaboration to go. Some require a lot of skill to manipulate moving children to innately negotiate, compromise and discuss options together to come a goal.
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