Dramatic changes have been made to the Primary Curriculum. The need for children to be desk bound is far higher due to increased academic pressures. My role this year as an Outdoor Learning Teacher seems even more important.
This ‘In Brief’ Article first appeared in the March 2015 Edition of UKEdMagazine – Click here to freely view online
Outdoor Learning does not need a forest; it needs a patch of land and some creativity[/pullquote]So far this year we have discussed, questioned, shared, invented, developed and changed ideas whilst making dens, orienteering, planting bulbs, testing air resistance, measuring tree heights and building bee hotels. We have got cold, wet and muddy in the school grounds and over in the park and sought inspiration from Darwin and Bear Ghrylls.
We know that in the future these children will need to give anything a go, change job with ease, cope with global changes and value their community. It seems unlikely that they will be prepared for this if solely sat at a desk from 4 to 18 years old.
Outdoor Learning does not need a forest; it needs a patch of land and some creativity. In the outdoors, children have an increased chance to develop into healthy, strong, confident, questioning, happy adults and complimenting their academic abilities from the class room.