Research shows that through exposure to nature, individuals can develop empathy, become environmental stewards and sustain their well-being, and this goes to the heart of the UWC mission. This is why at UWCSEA, Outdoor Education is far more than the expedition programme and means that for all students, outdoor learning spaces are valued extensions of the classroom.
While our expedition programme starts in Grade 1 with a sleepover at school and culminates in Grade 11 with the independently planned Project Week, from the first week of kindergarten, regular opportunities are intentionally provided for students to explore the natural, growing, creative and social spaces of the outdoor environments on both campuses. On-campus activity is then extended through a range of field trips that encourage students to form connections in meaningful contexts within the wider Singapore landscape. Eventually, this extends to also include participation in the expedition programme.
Students in the UWCSEA Infant School's are regularly given opportunities to observe and investigate the natural world around them while safely challenging their own capabilities, both independently and in collaboration with others. All our K1 classrooms have direct access to outdoor learning spaces and students naturally move between indoor and outdoor learning spaces each day. For all grades in the Infant School, this also means exploring the campus gardens and other natural spaces as part of their school day, in support of their learning in the academic curriculum as well as the personal and social education programme.