This course is  run in partnership with Cambiun Sustainble

Go to Events page or straight to Eventbrite 

The course focuses on developing practical hands-on skills & a bank of activities, building confidence and ability in using the outdoor environments, learning how to manage and improve these for teaching & learning.

Aimed at educational professionals wanting to expand their knowledge and confidence in delivering the curriculum in local outdoor spaces as well as improving their own skills in how to improve their local green environments for learning and biodiversity.

The Course

The course focuses on developing practical hands-on skills & a bank of activities, building confidence and ability in using the outdoor environments, learning how to manage and improve these for teaching & learning

Aimed at educational professionals wanting to expand their knowledge and confidence in delivering the curriculum in local outdoor spaces as well as improving their own skills in how to improve their local green environments for learning and biodiversity.

The course will cover:

  • Why Learning outside the classroom is so important
  • Practical ideas and activities to support the curriculum (literacy, maths, science and music)
  • Health and Safety and Risk management
  • Mapping their school space as an outdoor learning resource
  • Looking at environmental impact and enhancement of site through horticulture and growing.
  • Producing a plan to get their projects off the ground asap in their schools

 The importance of outdoor learning

 There is convincing research that suggests good quality learning outside the classroom adds significant value to young people’s learning. A survey by LoTC showed ‘that 84% of parents believe that playing outdoors makes their children more imaginative and creative, while 96% felt it was important for children to have a connection with nature’

 OFSTEDs research shows that

‘Learning outside the classroom was most successful when it was an integral element of long-term curriculum planning and closely linked to classroom activities.’

Key Benefits of the Outdoor Classroom

Physical:

‘Around three in ten children in England aged between two and 15 are either overweight or obese.’ Natural childhood Stephen Moss

  • Outdoor Learning provides an increase in physical development, capability, and activity setting up patterns for an active, healthy lifestyle. ‘Exercise improves children’s emotional health, allowing for relaxation and calmness and a heightened sense of well being (Armstrong 1996).
  • Fewer children suffering from diseases such as obesity, Diabetes, and ADD/ADHD

Cognitive:

  • Stronger language, problem-solving, and communication skills through projects and group activity. Children’s writing about their Forest School experience (making bread) showed marked improvements in both literacy skills and motivation. Emma Collver Whitehall School, Bristol, MA study 2015
  • Developing an interest in science and math through connecting with nature
  • Fostering learning through self-initiation, control, and personal responsibility

Psychological:

  • Happier, Higher, more positive self-esteem.
  • Effective relationship building in a cooperative, non-competitive environment

Understanding:

  • Familiarity with and appreciation of nature ‘Children who don’t connect with nature before the age of 12 are less likely as adults to connect with nature. They therefore lose out on the resilience nature provides when you’re really stressed.’ Dr William Bird Outdoor Nation Interview
  • Wide, expansive view of how the world works.
  • Building stewardship skills for the environment

Quotes from past OL students:
“I have found the process of completing this course extremely beneficial both for deepening my understanding about the role of outdoor learning and providing me with a wealth of new ideas to take back to the children”

“ I am now more aware of how a greater understanding of the outdoor environment will allow me to maximise opportunities for learning… using this in a more sustainable way… providing ways to strengthen the whole school community”

‘ Thank you again for such a valuable experience. It has changed the way I teach and both the children and I are taking great pleasure from the time we’re now spending outdoors. We’ve actually had the best summer term ever!’  Cambium Sustainable