Outdoor learning activities take place in a spectrum of environments from school playgrounds to adventurous locations across the globe.
The benefits of outdoor learning are widely acknowledged and accepted, and increasingly schools are realising the potential and opportunities that outdoor learning has to offer. Children and young people become engaged in their learning in a way that it just not possible inside the classroom.
Outdoor learning can deliver the curriculum through creative, contextual activities which not only raise attainment, but also support the development of the whole child, increasing confidence and self-esteem, enhancing social and practical skills, and developing core skills such as communication, problem solving, leadership and teamwork.
We would like to work with you to develop your own programmes of outdoor learning by clarifying your aims and objectives and then building a programme that meets them.
This might involve running activities for children by using the right specialists from across the field. Typical activities might include, for example, problem solving, bushcraft, orienteering, climbing, canoeing, and journeying.
It might involve working with your staff to enable you to start the journey for yourselves.
We would like to work with you on three levels:
- To enhance students understanding, skills and knowledge through stimulating, contextual learning.
- To develop outdoor experiences that will help the children and young people in your school realise their full potential.
- To enable schools and their staff to achieve this; to maximise the teaching and learning potential of the outdoors.
Enabling Outdoor Learning
We have developed Enabling Outdoor Learning for the Institute for Outdoor Learning – the national programme of training for teachers who want to incorporate the outdoors into their everyday teaching and learning. Tim has, over the last 4 years, developed, organised and run over 40 of these training days all around the country and as far afield as Cairo.
Please use this link for information about these courses:
We are also able to run a variety of certificated courses through our partners and associates including:
- Visit Leader Training (OEAP certificated)
- Outdoor Learning Cards Training (OEAP certificated)
- First Aid Training (ITC certificated)
- Fieldwork development
- Developing your School Grounds
- An Introduction to Outdoor and Adventure Education
- Facilitation Skills (IOL certificated)
- Environmental Learning Cards training
- Forest School
- Bushcraft for teachers
“With good planning, use of school grounds joins seamlessly with learning in the classroom, providing a practical and real dimension for pupils to practice and develop essential skills and knowledge.”
Christine Gilbert – Chief Inspector
“The children think more outdoors. They are inspired more. It is a calmer space to think. Every time we try something outside, I am surprised at the impact.”
Quoted in the TES
“Learning outside the classroom is not some optional extra… Trips and getting out of the classroom should be part and parcel of school life”
Ed Balls, Education Secretary
“Learning mathematics outside the classroom is not enrichment, it is at the core of empowering an individual’s understanding of the subject. By taking maths beyond the classroom, we can more clearly illustrate the connections between the real world and what students are studying in school. In so doing students and teachers alike are enthused by the wealth of resources they have all around them in their own environments.”
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics 2008 (NCETM)
“…thank you so much for last Wednesday, it was fantastic from so many angles. I can honestly say that I have not seen a day of staff training yield so much change. Every day I have seen classes in the grounds with staff who would not have done so before.”
Tim Calvey, Headmaster
Orley Farm Preparatory School, Harrow, London
“…an exceptional start to our academic year…. perfectly tailored to meet our school needs… incredibly well presented and successful day. Since then, all teaching staff have been out and led sessions with groups or whole classes, whilst being able to confidently assess and manage any risks.”