Outdoor Education

Outdoor educationResearch tells us what the human mind can sense: the great outdoors can teach in ways that the classroom cannot. Spending time outdoors and facing challenges motivates children to learn, keeps them attentive, develops their cognitive and social abilities, improves academic performance, stimulates the imagination and improves classroom behaviour. At Urban Academy, outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level. From the Junior Kindergarten class exploring what a tree ‘sees’ introducing the concept of perspective in early math, to our senior students going rock climbing using ropes and angles to calculate force and distance, time spent in outdoor education is regularly linked to curriculum.

With particular emphasis in the middle and senior years, students are exposed to learning beyond the classroom walls at every available opportunity. Linking activities such as snowshoeing to First Nations and environmental studies, water sports to physics, sailing to navigation, and mountain exploration to biodiversity, students apply what has been learned in the classroom to the real world.  Such challenges motivates children to learn, remain attentive, develop their cognitive and social abilities, improve academic performance, stimulate the imagination and improve classroom behaviour. At Urban Academy, outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level. From the Junior Kindergarten class exploring what a tree ‘sees’ introducing the concept of perspective in early math, to our senior students going rock climbing using ropes and angles to calculate force and distance, time spent in outdoor education is regularly linked to curriculum.

The stimulation of a multisensory environment that is changing and evolving is an excellent learning tool to allow students to gain a deeper understanding and practical application of their academics. Students are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves physically, demonstrating courage and leadership through new experiences. They build brain power, overcome obstacles, learn to work together and grow in their self-confidence.

 

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