Verejné projekty: Change the Grounds EN

Are you unsure about how to take learning beyond the classroom and into the outdoors? Perhaps you are more experienced, but the school grounds are uninspiring and you are looking for some simple  grounds  changes  to  create  a  more  engaging  space  for  learning outdoors? If the answer to either  of  these questions is yes, then this handbook and the associated resources are for you!

 

All materials were developed in Change the Grounds project, which was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

 

Change the Grounds - Book

Change the Grounds - Book

Are you unsure about how to take learning beyond the classroom and into the outdoors?

Change the Grounds - Green tunnels and labyrinths

Change the Grounds - Green tunnels and labyrinths

For a more effective and less intrusive outdoor education i tis necessary to break up large, open areas of the school ground to create smaller, atmospheric spaces to support learning. These instrucions will help you find out how to do it.

Change the Grounds - Herb spiral

Change the Grounds - Herb spiral

Instruction for building a herb spiral that creates a range of microclimatic conditions in a small space. In such a spiral garden we can grow plants with different demands.

Change the Grounds - Insect hotel

Change the Grounds - Insect hotel

Insect hotel is a great tool for observing of specific types of insects and monitoring their development stages. Construction of this hotel provides the opportunity to make use of basic tools.

Change the Grounds - Pallet seating

Change the Grounds - Pallet seating

Instructions for building an outdoor classroom in which there will always be plenty of fresh air and you stay in touch with nature. This is how modern teaching can look like.

Change the Grounds - Pallet stages

Change the Grounds - Pallet stages

Performances and other events related to culture are ideally performed an an designated space – stage. If you don’t have one in the schoold yard, you can easily build it out of the pallets.

Change the Grounds - Raised beds

Change the Grounds - Raised beds

School ground is an ideal place to make raised beds for growing vegetables, herbs and fruit. Pupils can learn about lifecycles, experience seasonal change and understand where our food comes from.

Change the Grounds - Sensory trail

Change the Grounds - Sensory trail

How to build an unconventional trail out of sand, crumbly gravel, smooth and flat pebbles or bark of a fallen tree trank. It stimulates the arches of the feet and supports the development of better posture.

Change the Grounds - Stumps

Change the Grounds - Stumps

The use of stumps can be really diverse. You can turn them into aestetically interesting nooks, seating or even sport elements.

Change the Grounds - Totems

Change the Grounds - Totems

Pupils have a better connection with their school ground when they have the opportunity to transfor it. These instruictions will help you make a characteristic totem pillars.

Change the Grounds - Wood compost tray

Change the Grounds - Wood compost tray

Instruction for building of a well-ventilated container in which pupils can collect green waste from school. Pupils learn a lesson in sustainable waste management and you can use a quality fertiliser in school’s flowerbeds.

Change the Grounds - Acting game

Change the Grounds - Acting game

This activity improves social skills, teamwork and helps to build pupils’ self-confidence by acting out scenes and then performing them.

Change the Grounds - Continents and countries on tarmac

Change the Grounds - Continents and countries on tarmac

This activity focuses on checking existing knowledge of geographical situation of certain states, their neighbouring countries, the positions of countries, their capitals and flags.

Change the Grounds - Create a rainstorm

Change the Grounds - Create a rainstorm

In this group activity, pupils make the sounds of a rain storm at pre-agreed teacher’s gestures. You can experiment with the volume and speed of each sound effect.

Change the Grounds - Creative writing

Change the Grounds - Creative writing

Staying outdoors, where there are real impusles affecting us, can inspire pupils when writing their own poems or verses more than we can imagine.

Change the Grounds - Embracing additional languages outdoors

Change the Grounds - Embracing additional languages outdoors

All of the different features at the school ground can be named in various languages spoken in the class. This activity leads to expanding their vocabulary.

Change the Grounds - Outdoor meditation

Change the Grounds - Outdoor meditation

Seating in the natural environment is relaxing and it is proven that it has great benefits to human health.

Change the Grounds - Outdoor painting

Change the Grounds - Outdoor painting

Painting at the school yard encourages pupils’ creative freedom and they can get to know nature better in this way.

Change the Grounds - Poetree

Change the Grounds - Poetree

This activity supports creative writing. By studying and observing the tree and its properties by all the senses, drawing and writing verses, pupils improve their vocabulary.

Change the Grounds - Preparing locally found samples for microscope work

Change the Grounds - Preparing locally found samples for microscope work

Pupils search for and select their own local plant samples and prepare their specimen slides for magnification. These sample slides can be observed under a microscope.

Change the Grounds - Scale dinosaurs

Change the Grounds - Scale dinosaurs

By drawing a scaled down outline of the dinosaur on squared paper and then creating their life size outlines on the playground, pupils practise measuring and working with scale models.

Change the Grounds - Seed bombs

Change the Grounds - Seed bombs

Create balls by mixing and rolling wildflower seeds, compost, clay and water. After drying, toss them into a patch of bare earth in early spring or early autumn.

Change the Grounds - Species ID in the schoolgrounds

Change the Grounds - Species ID in the schoolgrounds

Biology lesson could be carried out at the school yard. It’s nice way to introduce pupils to the identification of local biodiversity living in a certain ecosystem.

Change the Grounds - Stomp rockets

Change the Grounds - Stomp rockets

Simple instructions for constructing a rocket from cardboard. This activity promotes the active use of maths, physics and it’s a great hook lesson for a topic on space.

Change the Grounds - Talking tokens

Change the Grounds - Talking tokens

Pupils seated in the circle respond to teacher questions. However, they can only speak when they place a token of their choice in the centre of the circle.

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