As a school we believe our pupils benefit from adults thinking creatively about how children learn.
It is important to take learning and the whole curriculum outdoors and this can have a huge impact on learning development.
It gives a context and opportunity to enhance problem solving skills, to improve communication, self-confidence and resilience.
Outdoor learning in our school provides endless opportunities for awe and wonder for the world around us and celebration of God's gift.
Through the curriculum we enable children to explore, to experiment and to put what is learnt into a context.
You may see our children putting movement and dance into experimenting their own space while outdoors or it may be children
use mathematics and statistical knowledge while learning in geography or environmental learning.
Outdoor learning in our school promotes stewardship and the hope to improve on the 'nature deficit'
common in 21st century society for our pupils.
What are the benefits for our pupils?
- ALL learners have the opportunities to achieve and develop self-confidence and self-esteem through regular hands-on learning experiences
- Forest School takes place in a natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world
- We use 'learner-centred' processes in outdoor learning
- By promoting holistic development in pupils, staff are able to foster resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
- Our children are given an opportunity to take supported and appropriate risks
Use of outdoor learning is creative for our pupils.
- We use the space available to us.
- This will see lessons taken outdoors.
- We have a programme on on-site Forest School activities with Dave from Learn Out There.
- Space in the school grounds is very limited - but it doesn't stop us!
- Before the pandemic our Forest School activities included visiting Lunt Woods - other curriculum learning in Lunt Woods included poetry, science or art etc.
Please take a look at some of the memories of learning below.
Please view some of the work with Dave from 'Learn Out There' to provide our children with amazing spaces to learn outdoors.
Outdoor Learning: the benefits for our pupils
- Growth in confidence and independence
- Opportunities to take appropriate risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves
- Understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment
- Become more confident in a natural environment [especially when unfamiliar]
- Additional physical, social and health benefits
- Improved behaviour and motivation - has an impact on achievement
- Improved communication
Outdoor Learning: the benefits to wildlife
- By sharing the natural environment with our pupils we inspire them to appreciate, understand and love nature
- If the pupils love nature they will want to protect it in the future, as stewards
Post Pandemic News
We hope to open the outdoor writing areas later in the Spring term.
Writing for pleasure in breaktime is a child-led learning activity enjoyed across the school whatever ages the children are.
Outdoor learning is a big part of school life at Kirkdale St Lawrence.
We do not have a field and there is limited space but that doesn't stop us!
Staff aim to spend at least 1 hour a week learning outdoors in a range of subjects.
Visiting the Forest or having sessions on site is part of this and with Learn Out There children experience Forest School.