Outdoor Learning Curriculum Intent
Our intent is that when children participate in learning activities outside of the classroom, they will develop a lifelong love of the outdoors alongside a lifelong love of learning.
Outdoor Learning Curriculum Implementation
The engagement in outdoor learning activities will improve progress and support their mental, spiritual and physical well-being.
Outdoor Learning encompasses all learning that does not take place in the classroom:
- Trips and visits, both local and further afield and including residentials
- Playtimes and PE
- Learning about the outside world whilst immersed in it
- Other curriculum learning activities that are carried out outside
Children are learning all the time, wherever they happen to be and learning outside should be a key element of their experience. This assists them in experiencing a broad, engaging curriculum which in turn, supports the development of the whole child.
Opportunities for outdoor learning are an integral part of our planning for each of the termly topics in all year groups. They are closely linked to the thematic curriculum and classroom activities. We aim that these experiences are accessible to all children, regardless of any extra needs they may have.
Outdoor Learning activities are recorded in long, medium and short-term planning and evidenced in children’s work, where possible.
Outdoor Learning Curriculum Impact
When well-planned and implemented, Outdoor Learning ‘contributes significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.’(English outdoor learning org.)
High quality outdoor learning has many benefits
It fosters a love and appreciation of the school community world and the need to treat it with respect
It builds self-esteem and confidence
It has an impact on the mental, spiritual and physical health of pupils
Children are more motivated when learning outdoors and the depth and quality of learning is better
It makes subjects more vivid and interesting and children are more likely to absorb knowledge and retain it
It builds enquiring minds, collaboration skills and problem-solving approaches
It develops personal, social and communication skills
Children’s attitude to learning and their motivation is increased by being in the open, encouraging their thirst for learning.
Subject Progression Map
Subject progression maps can be found here