Outdoor Learning

The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky" - Margaret McMillan

The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky”  – Margaret McMillan

We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.

Outdoor Learning is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning. It is about getting children and young people out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.

Outdoor Learning can happen at almost any time and almost anywhere.

The ‘places’ where learning happens can have a significant effect on how a young person engages with a subject or an idea.

 

Aims/Objectives

  • To develop young people’s teamwork skills, attitudes, beliefs, confidence and self-esteem.
  • To promote positive behaviour for learning and improved physical fitness.
  • To raise attainment through a higher level of engagement and motivation.
  • Develop a deeper relationship with nature.

 

Success criteria

  • All children regularly access outdoor lessons as part of the curriculum.
  • All children are engaged, resilient and can work effectively in a team.
  • All children can use tools safely.
  • All children will have a broad knowledge of how to look after their environment.

 

Contacts/Websites

www.edensforest.co.uk – Eden’s Forest is an outdoor education provider in West Yorkshire. Eden’s Forest provide outdoor teaching to JCA.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/mediafile/100146207/Getting-outside-the-classroom-learning-pack.pdf – Ideas and resources for Outdoor Learning.

http://www.lotc.org.uk/what-is-lotc/ – Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

http://www.wildwoodactivities.co.uk/ – Wild Wood Activities offers an exciting range of outdoor training opportunities and kids and family sessions. From Forest School to holiday activities, ecocraft and bushcraft sessions, we have something for everyone to enable you to ‘Get Out There: Be Inspired.’