Year 7 English classes find inspiration in the Outdoor Classroom, engaging in experiential learning. This cross-disciplinary approach to poetry is influenced by a series of nature poems by Robert MacFarlane, in which he explores the habits, habitats and beauty of the natural world, emphasising the ‘lost words’ of nature. As Year 7 students explore the Outdoor Classroom, they are encouraged to look, listen, and engage with their environments in order to inspire their own research into natural history. They observed, sketched, pondered and created. Their research will then be transformed into their own nature poems, integrating hands-on experience into the English lessons.
Cross-disciplinary learning is extremely beneficial, particularly today, as this practice enables the mind to make connections between subject areas, rather than viewing them as entirely separate from one another. These connections then lead to more innovative ideas and creative problem-solving – skills that are highly valued in a globalised world. Keep an eye out for the front-of-school display to learn more about the Lost Words poetry lesson!