THE PURPOSES OF LEARNING IN THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
- Learning in the outdoor classroom provides a motivational environment for learning in all subjects, it enables learning to be hands on, messy, on a grand scale, reflective and full of spiritual response, unique and real opportunities. Experience across the world, far further forward than us, and in this country reveals huge benefits in terms of behaviour, attitude to learning and motivation and academic performance.
- The Outdoor area needs to provide an outdoor classroom for children in YrsR-6 and an area which encourages and supports and encourages a range of play at break times.
- For our nursery and reception children at least 50% of their curriculum time should be spent learning outdoors. The area immediately outside their classroom has to have all the appropriate zones to support the Areas of Learning.
WHAT SKILLS DO WE WANT THEM TO LEARN OUTDOORS?
Outside they can learn the skills and attitudes of independence; perseverance; cooperation; awe and wonder; spirituality; gross and fine motor skills; speaking and listening; purposeful learning; imagination and creativity; investigation and curiosity; motivation and enjoyment; mathematical skills.
HOW IS LEARNING SUPPORTED?
We have zones for imaginative play, e.g. the train; building and construction, e.g. the beach garden; horticultural work e.g. the class gardens; quiet /reflective areas, e.g. the willow; physical activity eg obstacle course and sports pitch; scientific and discovery e.g. the pond and orchard; literacy activities, e.g. story telling chair.