Date: May 1, 2016
Title: Thoughts on outdoor learning on a field.
We have been working with Bishop Rd Primary School for the last 3 weeks. Y1 & Y3 have been enjoying outdoor sessions on their school field inspired by Roald Dahl's story of The Minpins. 120 children have finished their sessions and the next 120 start on Tues.
I have been reflecting on the story so far...
The biggest thing I have noticed is how the children have been in flow. This is 'a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it' (Mikail Cziksentmihalyi)
In other words it's 'being in the zone' - it's hard to be bored or anxious when you are in flow. Tricky situations are transformed into a challenge, we feel an inner tranquility, we generate our inner happiness. Even better the more we do activities that get us in flow the better we get at it.
Over 3 weeks the children have applied great inventiveness and imagination to the story. An apparently uninspring field has been filled with intricate building projects for tiny Minpins. A few rocks, stones and sticks have been used co-operatively again and again.
Every week it's been harder to get the children to stop. Reports have come back after every session that many children have continued with the activities at home too. Why? They are in the zone!