By using ICT to explore the outside environment two main resources are put together to enhance learning.
“A Curriculum for Excellence recognises that learning is embedded in experience. By taking learning outdoors we remove the barriers that the traditional classroom can put up between young people and first-hand, real-life experiences. Outdoor learning is hands-on and direct, and the knowledge that pupils gain from it is real, first-hand and unforgettable.”
Since 1990, Grounds for Learning and Learning through Landscapes have been campaigning on behalf of all children for better school grounds.
Many children in the UK have limited opportunities to learn and play outdoors in safety. Without good school grounds, they will miss out on essential opportunities to be healthy and happy in their formative years, and to gather the experiences they need to be healthy and happy as adults.
It is important to remember that as children and young people play and learn they will develop an interest, confidence and enjoyment in ICT skills that can be transferred and applied in different learning contexts.
Participating in experiences and outcomes in the technologies enables children and young people to become informed, skilled, thoughtful, adaptable and enterprising citizens, and to:
• develop a considered understanding of the role and impact of technologies in changing and influencing societies
• contribute to building a better world by taking responsible, ethical actions to improve their lives, the lives of others and the environment
• gain the confidence and skills to embrace and use technologies now and in the future, at home, at work and in the wider community
• become informed consumers and producers who have an appreciation of the merits and impacts of products and services
• be capable of making reasoned choices relating to the environment, sustainable development and ethical, economic and cultural issues
• broaden their understanding of the role that information and communications technology (ICT) has in Scotland and in the global community
• experience work-related learning, and establish firm foundations for lifelong learning and, for some, specialised study and careers.
Science Curriculum for Excellence
I have observed living things around me over a period of time and recorded information on them. I can demonstrate my curiosity about living things and their environment.
I have observed and recorded some features of living things which allows me to place them in groups. Using this information I can sort living and non living things into groups giving reasons for my decisions.
Technologies Curriculum for excellence
I enjoy playing with and exploring technologies to discover what they can do and how they can help us.
Within real and imaginary settings, I am developing my practical skills as I select and work with a range materials, tools and software.
Throughout my learning, I share my thoughts with others to help further develop ideas and solve problems.
I enjoy exploring and using technologies to communicate with others within and beyond my place of learning.
I capture and present my world and experiences by taking photographs, or recording sound and moving images.
As I play and learn, I am gaining confidence whilst using computer technology and can use my skills in new and different situations.
Experiences and outcomes that promote the development of skills in ICT are a responsibility of all practitioners and are indicated in italics.