Nature-Based Learning is a focus for our students and staff at Kewarra Beach Campus. Our Head of Primary School – Kewarra Beach Campus, Ms Mary Kershaw, provides an overview of the philosophy and program.
In recent years, research breakthroughs and case histories across the globe have revealed how engagement with nature and the outdoors is a key to giving our children physical and mental well-being, happiness and the skill-set they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Curiosity, creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, communication and empathy are all developed through children having an intellectual and physical connection with the natural world. The lifelong success of children is based on their ability to be creative and to apply the lessons they have acquired from indoor and outdoor activities and engagement with the environment.
At Trinity Anglican School we see students as being active participants in their own learning and we recognise that this is best supported through enjoyable, meaningful, and engaging learning experiences. Children at TAS are encouraged to be creative. They are given time to explore their natural environment, test out ideas, investigate, express curiosity, ask questions and develop a sense of wonder about their surroundings. As we extend our age-appropriate, nature-based learning program from Kindergarten through to Year 2 this year, we believe our learning environment and curriculum are a source of enjoyment to students within an inquiry-based context. At TAS, we place value on both indoor and outdoor learning, and we look forward to sharing our nature-based learning journey with you on social media channels and in future publications.