We regard outdoor learning as a very valuable aspect of the quality learning experiences that we provide at school. It can lead to a deeper understanding of the concepts that span traditional subject boundaries which may be difficult to teach using classroom methods alone.
Outdoor learning is a broad term that includes outdoor play (learning through play), school grounds projects, environmental education, recreational and adventure activities, personal and social development, and much more! Outdoor learning does not have a clearly defined boundary but it does have a common core.
It can provide a dramatic contrast to the indoor classroom. Direct experience outdoors is more motivating and has more impact and credibility. The results from outdoor learning can be instantaneous as well as ongoing and therefore impact upon behaviours as well as tapping into the learning styles of those children that prefer 'hands on' learning. Through skilled teaching, interpetation or facilitation, outdoor experiences readily become a stimulating source of fascination, personal growth and can lead to breakthroughs in learning.
Active learning readily develops the learning skills of enquiry, experiment, feedback, reflection, communication, problem solving, an enterprising attitude and co-operation - to name but a few of the benefits.
Outdoor learning can help to bring many subjects alive as pupils focus on real results and consequences. For that reason, the outdoors can have an impact on areas of the curriculum as diverse as creative writing and PSHE. Outdoor learning also provides experiential opportunities, allowing pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, and to manage risk and respond to change.