How Outdoor Learning can support the 'new' school day

The DfE Planning Guide for Primary Schools and the supplementary guidance ‘Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings’ both invite schools to consider how they can use outside space for exercise, breaks and outdoor education where possible, as this can limit transmission and more easily allow for distance between children and staff.

Taking classes outdoors is not only possible, it is recommended by the DfE.

As well as supporting the delivery of the curriculum in a socially distanced way, outdoor learning can also help improve the health and wellbeing of both children and staff.  Learning outdoors can give children the time, space and opportunity to work through their experiences from the last few months of 'lockdown', helping them to develop resilience, re-connect with the World and socialise in a safe environment.

Click here to download the latest edition of Horizons magazine and read our article on pages 33-35.

If you school is interested in delivering a broad and balanced curriculum which includes activities delivered outdoors in your own setting, in a socially-distanced way and directly linked to your school curriculum, then please contact us to see what we can do to support your staff and children.

Learning With Nature offers a range of programmes to suit all ages, settings and curricula set in the beautiful and inspiring grounds of Westonbirt Arboretum.

We offer a range of themed parties for children from 5-11 years of age in the wilds of Westonbirt Arboretum.

We can deliver tailor-made outdoor learning sessions to suit your setting, age groups, learning styles or special needs.

Your school grounds development can be achieved through regular sessions with targeted groups, whole school days or events involving parents and the local community.

​We can offer bespoke, targeted training sessions for staff as part of their CPD at TD days or to school cluster groups, maximising the benefits of engaging out services.

Our Level 3 Beach School Leader offers tailor-made outdoor learning sessions delivered on a beach near you.  Make the most of the coastal area near your setting.

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