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Outdoor Learning


We believe that all children should have access to high quality outdoor learning.  At a time when the level of physical activity and the amount of time children are spending outside is decreasing, we are developing our outdoor spaces so that they support the curriculum and enable staff and children to get outside all year round.


Learning need not take place solely within the classroom.  Outdoor time often provides the most memorable learning experiences and helps children to make sense of the world around them by putting their learning into a meaningful context.  


Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being.  It offers opportunities for exploring learning in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.  It gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the  natural world and offers them freedom to explore, use their senses and be physically active.


We are fortunate to have a large outside space that has a wildlife area, a pond, an astro turf area, a wooden adventure play area, a woodland walk, an allotment, a Forest School in the woods as well as a large field and a SuDS (Sustainable Drainage System). This means that not only are we able to teach and learn outside but our children are able to take part in outdoor activities throughout the year. These are all resources which positively enhance our education provision.


Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 classrooms allow for excellent, secure indoor-outdoor education.


Opportunities for Outdoor Learning are linked to the curriculum and will be planned to develop personal and social skills, communication, problem solving, thinking skills and teamwork.


Being outdoors is a proven way to improve mental wellbeing. As a school, we believe above all that it is our duty to help children develop the skills they need to be resilient, well-rounded and healthy members of society. By instilling the values of Outdoor Learning and Forest School, we are helping our children take care of their own mental and physical wellbeing, by allowing them to explore independence, challenge and problem solving.


 Benefits of Outdoor Learning:


  • Brings learning alive 
  • Supports children’s physical and mental development
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Supports creativity and problem-solving
  • Increases attention and concentration
  • Develops curiosity and imagination
  • Increases pupil engagement in learning
  • Improves self-discipline
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves academic performance
  • Increases motivation and resilience
  • Adds depth to the curriculum
  • Allows children to be children