Taking The Curriculum Outdoors
A relatively new, but important addition to the curriculum is Outdoor Learning. There is an increasing amount of evidence to show that spending time outdoors has an extremely positive impact on a child’s physical and mental wellbeing and development.
Our unique perspective on outdoor learning focuses on taking the curriculum outdoors. Every class from Nursery to Year 6 receive regular Outdoor Learning lessons from our Outdoor Learning Coordinator, Mr Oldham. He runs lessons tailored to each year group in subjects such as Maths, History, Art and Teambuilding.
Reports suggest that those who do get to spend time outdoors are more independent and socially aware, and we also find teaching outdoors helps to fuel the imagination and enhances creativity. We recognise that children learn in a variety of ways and, taking learning outside, often stimulates children in different ways, enabling them to feel inspired.
Lessons are run in our ever evolving Outdoor Learning zone, which consists of a yurt classroom, tepee, fire pit, mini-beast area and a new excavation area. They offer the opportunity for children to be involved in a multi-sensory experience where they are encouraged to touch, smell and listen to the surrounding world.
Our all-weather adventure playground is also used by all classes from Nursery to Year 6 and provides a challenging and engaging environment in which the children can develop confidence and acquire new skills.