My school is in Cowell, a small coastal town in South Australia about 100 km from the nearest regional centre. The Area School has 180 students from Reception to Year 12. Often in such schools there are composite classes for Years 6/7 and 8/9; however, at Cowell these year levels are in separate classes, some with quite small numbers of students. (Middle school is Years 7, 8, 9.) The school grounds are attractively maintained, with well kept gardens and shaded areas for the students to play or sit. An outdoor learning area beside the Year 8 classroom was built with the support of federal funding obtained by another teacher and myself. It comprises a large concrete slab the size of half a basketball court, together with a separate shelter shed that has a concrete floor and a whiteboard on one of the walls. I use these areas for outdoor learning activities; the students and I enjoy getting out of the classroom.
Australian Mathematics Teacher / Vol. 68, No. 1, pp.21-27