Why facilitate outdoor learning?
- To give a real world context for learning
Learning in a real context can turn the abstract into the concrete.It inspires curiosity and investigation, which inspire enquiring minds and enables them to achieve.
- Outdoor learning compliments indoor learning
The outdoor environment stimulates creativity and enables learning to happen. Hands on – Minds on!
- It supports emotional and physical wellbeing
Fresh air and open space obviously promote physical development but also the effect of fresh air on our minds is amazing
- Encourages positive self esteem
Children feel fee to be themselves outside the constraints of the classroom. Sometimes we can concentrate better outside, with a hands-on approach
- It increases knowledge and care for the natural environment
Connection with the natural world builds a deeper connection that lasts a lifetime. How can we care about something we do not know about?
- It provides an extensive use of space
Children need space to be physically active and to move freely without constraints. They can work on a larger scale, either alone or collaboratively
- It enables children to risk take
Digby Jones (former Chairperson of the CBI) asks, ‘ How will children learn to run a small business in the future if they have never learnt to climb a tree?’
When do we facilitate outdoor learning?
We provide regular, frequent, enjoyable and challenging opportunities for all children to learn outdoors throughout their time at school.
This is done whenever learning would be enhanced or complimented by going outdoors.
The use of outdoor learning throughout the curriculum
- Using buildings and equipment to launch and explore different genres i.e. a ‘mystery’ house, a pirate ship adventure, science fiction in the Space Zone, historical fiction in World War 2 area and fantasy around the Fairy Tale Castle
- Reflecting and writing poetry
- Reading in the Gingerbread House and the Rendezvous area
- Measuring the football pitch
- Exploring shape and pattern in the environment
- Investigating shadows at different times of the day
- Exploring the enormity of the solar system
- Bug hunting
- Exploring habitats i.e. the bird hide
- World War 2 zone: the realism of the blitz and the use of Anderson shelters
- orienteering, balancing, tagging and team games
Examples of our area and resources
- Emerald City (a transformed caravan), where our Reading Ambassador promotes and teaches reading
- Outdoor storyteller’s chair , with a simile circle to promote reading and discuss imagery
- A life- size stimulus to introduce the genre of fantasy
- To promote healthy exercise and the use of rhymes
Theatre of Stars
- A stage, for acting, assemblies, musical performances and dancing
- For composition and singing
- To learn and practise times tables and number bonds
- For balancing, strength and physical agility
- For planting and enjoying wild flowers
- A bird hide to encourage children’s knowledge of different species
- Using different senses to feel close to nature
- An under the sea area including pirate ship, to introduce the genre of adventure
- A space ship to introduce the genre of science fiction and facts about Earth and space
Tepee and Fort
- For role play and learning about other cultures