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.
Popular options for primary schools include our curriculum linked outdoor days – recent topics have been the Stone Age, Saxon / Viking, River Studies, Materials (science), the Local Area, What a wonderful world, and Orienteering.
These are run either in the school grounds or local area (within walking distance of school).
With the effects of coronavirus on education, teachers are very keen to get their children outside of the classroom and use their school grounds for learning. Our Level 3 Award in Learning Beyond the Classroom and Taking the Curriculum Outdoors courses ensure that teachers have the confidence and ideas to do just that.
“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)