Mud play the right recipe for learning at Geraldton’s Holland Street School

Midwest Times
Matthew Hamlett, 9.
Camera IconMatthew Hamlett, 9.

They say learning outside does wonders for children, but for the students and staff at Holland Street School, it’s learning in the mud that does the trick.

The Geraldton school, which specifically caters for children with diagnosed intellectual disabilities, recently held a “mud day” to demonstrate a range of sensory experiences to the students.

Students mixed red dirt with water to make mud, stomped in middles, had mud maths, searched for pretend works and made mud cakes.

School officer Donna Malane said the point of the day was to take learning outside.

“Some students used their PODD books (a book or device full of symbols and words) to communicate their needs and wants, others used signing or spoken words to explain what they were doing and the fun they were having,” Ms Malane said.

“Staff were able to get right onto the students’ level and play alongside students in the mud.

“A great day was had by all.”

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