Outdoor Learning is a right of every pupil in our school. At Offham Primary School we aim to use school grounds and local areas to enhance teaching and learning right across the curriculum. We know that these opportunities deliver a wide range of associated benefits, including promoting children’s social and emotional skills and their engagement with learning.
Outdoor learning is ‘active learning outside of the classroom’ and aims to encourage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences. Much research has been done on the impact of Outdoor Learning across the curriculum and on pupil’s personal, health, social and emotional wellbeing. There are considered to be five main benefits:
Increasing knowledge and understanding,
Changing attitudes and behaviours,
Health and well-being benefits,
Benefits to schools, teachers and the wider community.
We are extremely lucky and proud to have an amazing woodland school base just a short walk away from the school across the farmer’s field (opposite our school site). This area gives the children the space and opportunity to explore their natural environment throughout the year and take part in lots of woodland based activities. Children at Offham learn skills such as den building, fire-lighting, whittling, climbing and plant identification. During out woodland session the children also learn to appreciate and look after the natural environment and discuss observations they make.