The benefits of outdoor learning are numerous and a growing body of research provides evidence of a range of values to individuals of all ages taken outside to learn. Strong links can be made between high quality outdoor learning experiences and major learning theories forming the basis of teaching and learning in the UK and across the world.
While working with children in the outdoors, I have found the most significant aspects of learning in the natural environment to be
- experiential : providing a real experience for children to investigate, explore and learn from.
- positive : focussing on achievements and respect to build confidence.
- individual : putting the child at the centre of the learning experience.
Regardless of whether the sessions comprise of curriculum-linked outdoor learning, working on a conservation award, developing a group vegetable garden, guiding an on-going forest school experience or providing family activity days, these qualities have shone through.
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