outdoor learning & the pyp
The International Baccalaureate, and in particular the Primary Years Programme (PYP), delivered in Years 1-6 at St Leonards, lends itself to learning outdoors. By engaging with real consequence and challenge, both inside the classroom and out, our pupils learn to be risk-takers, open-minded, knowledgeable, reflective, balanced, principled, caring, inquirers, thinkers and communicators. They embody the key attributes of the IB Learner Profile.
Outdoor learning is at the heart of the curriculum and co-curriculum at St Leonards, whether it is taking a Maths lesson down to the beach - just two-minute walk from the school campus - to practise fractions in the sand, bringing forces to life in a Unit of Inquiry by the shoreline, or settling down by the firepit with the class reading book in our dedicated Outdoor Classroom.
Extracurricular activities, too, make the most of our unique surroundings, for Bushcraft Club, beekeeping, runs along the Fife Coastal Path and beyond, and not forgetting the annual Sandcastle Competition.
There are campouts and residential adventure trips; pupils tend the St Leonards Croft, growing vegetables for use in our school kitchens; Gardening Club is a firm favourite on the activity programme, and creating the perfect environment for pollinators is high on the agenda in the Junior years.
The great outdoors offers a diversity of experience that simply cannot be found inside the classroom, and at St Leonards, we pride ourselves on harnessing the benefits of learning outside for our young people, and giving them every possible opportunity to develop themselves as IB learners in a fully rounded environment - both indoors, and out.