Dec. 4, 2017

Wild play, creating maps and sharing stories

The Eastern Suburbs Sustainable School Network (ESSSN) had a wonderful end of year meet up at Centennial Park last week. 

We explored the new Ian Potter Wild Play Garden... including the slide, water play and tunnels! And discovered the philosophy behind the need for a safe natural, space for children to test their boundaries, take calculated risks and engage in critical thinking.

Sam Crosby, educator at the Park’s Discover Centre, led us in a mud mapping exercise. In teams, our teachers got stuck in creating a 3-D map of the area we were in using sticks, stones and other natural items they could find. They then had to find a hidden object following another team’s map. It was lots of fun for us adults so you can imagine how much fun kids would have with this whilst learning valuable skills.

Discussions followed about how this activity can be used to teach geography and mapping skills from early learning up to high school.  Practical uses include spatial relations, assessing the scale of objects in relations to each other, symbol representations through to creating accurately scale maps.

Teachers had a robust discussion about their achievements this year and what they need help with. Including the challenges of introducing safe nature play into schools and early learning centres.

Local educators from early learning, primary and high schools are invited to join us for our first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday 20th February. You can find more information about the ESSSN meetings and the next meeting here.

Find out more about the wild garden...

Find out more about the Ian Potter Wild Play Garden site at the Centennial Parklands website.



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