Outdoor Learning Curriculum Statement
The use of outdoor spaces as learning environments enables students to be completely absorbed in their learning, to work collaboratively, to problem solve and to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned elsewhere. Our outdoor learning experiences aim to develop children’s curiosity and provide them with an eagerness to learn about the world around them. Working collaboratively will allow them to embed high level vocabulary taught within other areas of the curriculum. We aim to weave outdoor learning experiences across the curriculum and throughout each year group. Children from Reception to Year 3 will be given specific Welly Day lessons for 2 hours weekly. These are based on some Forest School principles and are designed to encourage children to take risks, develop their independence and solve problems.
Outdoor learning will introduce and reinforce knowledge from across many areas of the national curriculum. In some instances it will be used as a tool to teach children new knowledge in context, in others teachers will use it as an opportunity to imbed taught vocabulary. Where possible learning will be linked to stories as we know that this aids the retention of knowledge. Activities will be active, creative and often large scale.
Children will learn how to apply knowledge from across the curriculum to wider experiences. They will become experienced at verbalising their understanding while collaborating with their peers. They will develop resilience and independence and will have a firm understanding of their local environment, both in a geographical and scientific context. They will be confident problem solvers able to communicate how to overcome issues. They will transfer these skills to their learning within the classroom.
Stibbard, All Saints