Outdoor Learning statement of intent
‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.’
Freckleton Church of England Primary School has an excellent learning environment inside as well as outdoors. We believe Outdoor Learning can be used in many cross curricular areas to strengthen and deepen understanding and knowledge and create real life experiences.
Outdoor Learning gives children the opportunity to learn respect for the environment, themselves and others; working within safe boundaries which they learn to recognise and manage themselves; enabling them to become confident, resilient and determined learners.
Children will have enjoyed developing imagination and creativity through exploration of the outdoors and will have developed resilience through challenging activities and working in all weathers. They also will have developed co-operation skills through team work. They will have a good understanding of nature, the world around us, growing plants and vegetables and will have contributed to the development of our school grounds and looking after the world around us.
We believe outdoor learning promotes life-long learning and knowledge of self and culture. It supports healthy social development and the quality of a young person’s life, and it prepares young people for success in the 21st century workplace as well as allowing children the chance to ‘live life in all its fullness’.
Learning Through Landscapes
The Literacy Trust: The Benefits of outdoor learning in EYFS