About Outdoor Learning

The benefits of outdoor learning are well documented with all children gaining from the experiences. Evidence shows that experiential, contextual and applied outdoor learning increases children’s engagement with the curriculum helping to close the gap between higher and lower achievers.

Benefits for children:

  • Enjoyment of lessons
  • Improved behaviour
  • Engagement with learning
  • Improved emotional wellbeing & understanding of the world
  • Contextualising subjects – making learning real
  • Improved social skills
  • Raise children’s aspirations and life chances
  • Engagement with and understanding of nature

(Research and evidence shows diverse and positive outcomes for learners of all ages; Natural Connections Project, 2016)
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Areas of the curriculum covered:

  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design & Technology
  • Maths
  • English
  • Art & Design

Connecting to what’s new in outdoor learning:

  • Outdoor learning 'boosts children's development' Read article
  • Tips and tricks for teachers: How outdoor learning boosts student wellbeing Read article
  • Outdoor learning in natural environments is shown to address vital social qualities that underpin success in learning and interpersonal relationships Read report
  • Building the Evidence: Outdoor Learning Improves Outcomes for Children Read report
  • Embedding Learning Outside the Classroom into the School Curriculum and Polices: Pokesdown Primary School Read case study
  • Gardening in Schools - A vital tool for children’s learning Read report
  • Nature is the best way to nurture pupils with special educational needs Read article
  • Leadership for embedding outdoor learning within the primary curriculum Read research report