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Outdoor Learning

Approaches to Outdoor Learning

 

At Chandlers Ford Infant school we understand that learning need not take place solely within our educational building.

The outdoor environment has massive potential for learning and we are extremely fortunate to have lovely school grounds.

 

We therefore take every opportunity to use our outdoor learning space to enhance the children’s experiences and enrich our curriculum. Learning outdoors in a practical way not only teaches our children critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity but it also improves their health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature.

 

We have recently become a Trailblazer school which is a Hampshire County scheme that promotes outdoor and environmental education and helps schools to co-ordinate, support and develop their work in the outdoors. As part of this scheme from September 2019 each class will pledge to carry out a minimum of 50 hours of outdoor learning each year. We also run a successful Gardening Club for Years 1 and 2 during lunch times and are a member of the RHS School Gardening program. Each term our school holds an “Outdoor Learning Day” and we take part in “Outdoor Classroom Day” which is a global campaign to inspire outdoor learning and play.

 

This summer we will also be launching "My Activity Passport" which is a new initiative designed by the Department of Education (2019).  They have produced a list of activities which they think children will enjoy and learn from and will also give young people the opportunity to try new things and develop new skills. Damian Hinds the Secretary of State for Education recognises that “a world-class education is about much more than qualifications; it’s also about your character and wellbeing.” 

 

Here are some web sites you might like to look at home:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/my-activity-passport/my-activity-passport-foreword-from-the-secretary-of-state-and-guidance

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/oe-pe-dofe/outdoor-education/trailblazer

https://www.lotc.org.uk/

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/home

https://www.hiwwt.org.uk/

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/50-things-to-do-before-youre-11--activity-list

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/

https://www.forestryengland.uk/family-fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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