The first hand experience of learning outside of the classroom helps to make subjects more vivid and interesting for pupils and enhance their understanding. Research has shown that “Hands on activities lead to improved outcome for pupils including better achievement, standards, motivation, personal development and behaviour” and “Learning outdoors helps to create happier, healthier children.”
Over the past few years, we have been investing finances as well as staff training time into opening the door to our outdoor classroom and unleashing its’ learning opportunities and potential.
At Brinkley Grove, Learning Outside of the Classroom is a vital part of our curriculum because it…
Makes learning more engaging and relevant
Motivates and inspires children
Improves children’s attitudes to learning
Develop confident, creative thinkers who are able and willing to learn alone and with others
Make each child the key participator in their own learning, taking responsibility for their learning
Ensure that pupils are engaged in dynamic learning
Give each child opportunities to take pride in their accomplishments, their relationships and their environment
Help develop resilience and resourcefulness within each child and enable them to become self managers
Forest Schools supports our Teaching and Learning Vision:
“We will ensure that each child is enriched, inspired and challenged in their learning. We will provide a consistent, broad, balanced and relevant curriculum where every child is of equal importance and is valued and recognised for all of their efforts, achievements and successes in their learning.
Our school believes in life long learning. We want our pupils to aspire to excellence and have the desire to succeed in all that they do.”