An independent co-ed IB school (JK to Grade 12) in North Vancouver, Canada
November 17th 2021

OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND THE WALKING CURRICULUM

The Walking Curriculum has a simple message: Get outside. The timeless act of taking a walk can have a multitude of positive consequences for our students. Walking can support students’ health and well-being, it can authentically develop a Sense of Place and relationship with the land and our nearby communities, and it can, when framed through a curricular lens, create meaningful opportunities for learning.

This week, we took our Grade 4 classes into the canyon to discuss the effects of rainfall on the landscape; we took a five-minute sit spot to mindfully observe our surroundings; and each contributed a single line of poetry to create a class “Ode to Lynn Canyon”.
We moved slowly through the woods this week, taking our time to be with each other and with nature. A slow pedagogy forces us to pause or dwell in spaces for more than a fleeting moment.

“I hear the water rushing, I hear the birds chirping. I hear, I hear, I hear.” 

-Excerpt from Grade 4 poem Lynn Canyon

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