Characteristics of Middle Years Learners (Years 6-9)
At Arbury Park Outdoor School, each learning program is developed to meet the particular needs and requests of the visiting school. The program and activity choices will vary according to the developmental stage of the group of students.
Learners in the Middle Years are individuals who come from a range of linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds. They bring to learning their own prior knowledge and experiences, needs, interests, concerns, expectations and aspirations. In addition, Middle Years learners are:
aiming for a stronger sense of belonging through participation in wider adolescent cultures becoming aware that they can make changes for themselves and others
keen to develop greater interdependence with their peers and independence in their lives
developing their own voice, often challenging the voices of their parents/caregivers, teachers and society
experiencing adolescence and the accompanying emotional, physical and sexual changes
learning to form, articulate and manage relationships
SACSA Framework Learning Bands Introduction 2003
beginning to feel their connectedness to society and a natural inclination to “save the world”
building an authentic environmental commitment out of first hand experiences with real places and real issues on a small manageable scale.
David Sobel “Beyond Ecophobia” 1996
Suitable activities for Middle Years learners
Freshwater Life, Natures Recyclers, Animal Survival, Bird Ecology, Looking for Evidence, Web of Life game, Weather Trail, Nestboxes, Landcare, Plant Propagation, Earth Art, Earth Walk, Orienteering, Hiking, Team Challenge, Mission Survival, Bush Survival, Aboriginal Cultural Studies
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A sample program showing how activities can be sequenced and connected.