At Saint George’s Primary Phase, Outdoor Learning plays a huge part within our creative curriculum. We believe children learn best through active, outdoor play and exploration. Teaching staff incorporate the outdoors into all areas of the curriculum, helping to develop a sense of belonging and a love of learning. Children develop new skills and knowledge through learning outside and these skills and knowledge can be transferred to other areas of learning, which may take place more traditionally inside. Outdoor learning gives children positive learning experiences which help to develop their self-esteem and confidence. Children’s social and emotional development is very important to us and being outside in the natural environment can be very calming for children. They are also able to socialise with their peers, in more spacious open areas such as Forest School.
All of our primary children take part in weekly Forest School sessions as part of our Outdoor Learning. We are very lucky to have a designated Forest School area on our school site which is spacious and secure. During Forest School sessions children take part in a range of activities such as; den building, mini-beast hunts, tree/leaf classification, fire lighting, marshmallow toasting and tree climbing to name a few! Our children look forward to these sessions and our staff enjoy seeing our children at one with nature.
(Please see our Forest School Policy for more information.)
As well as Forest School sessions, we also incorporate the outdoors into all other areas of the curriculum. We make use of the local area and local parks around us, to explore nature and wildlife. Our teaching staff plan outdoor learning within their termly topic plans and wherever possible we encourage learning to take place outside.