OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Education beyond the classroom borders.

"The Ütopya grounds and outdoor facilities are designed to offer a balanced learning environment."

When you enter Ütopya you see a vast garden which is always in use by the children throughout the day. There are common areas and wide windowed classrooms which offer constant communication at school amongst the children and teachers with the help of nature.

These classes dismiss the traditional education environment of always teaching behind closed doors and the information only spreading within the four walls. This leaves limited room to find the deeper meaning to things being taught by not allowing experimentation and the exploration with nature, which is so vital to us.

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Ütopya is built on 5,000 square meters of land in Çekmeköy Istanbul, providing an expansive garden and natural learning environment which are designed with children in mind.

Ütopya has always offered outdoor learning opportunities to our children. It has been designed with children’s development and learning in mind. It is also perfect for physical activities, by keeping the connection between the right and the left sides of the brain, with the added benefits of oxygen, improving the quality of learning immensely.

Outdoor Education is no only encouraged and implemented within the school grounds but as well as out by providing school trips, forest walks, observation days out and projects in different places/environments.

When the pandemic hit globally, the only difference for us was the organization of the outdoor classrooms and incorporating sinks into gardens, providing easy accessibility to wash hands more frequently.

The Benefits:

There are so many different meaningful life skills to be learned as well as activities and experiences for the children.

Our children are so good at creativity, problem solving, adaptation and finding solutions. Carrying out all programs in the garden.

We are very fortunate to have a large garden that can accommodate our outdoor education.

The programs continue as normal according to the Ütopya curriculums without any complications. It took us some time to get used to, adjusting and adapting to the new outdoor learning ways , but we are so proud and happy to have the space to be able to provide outdoor classes into our education during these times.