Outdoor Learning

The best classroom has no ceiling.

The outdoor learning environment is a rich, dynamic, natural space that is ever changing and a perfect environment for learning and development in children (and adults) of all ages. Its value as an essential learning resource has been recognised by many pieces of research and more recently within the EYFS, particularly within the principle of 'Enabling Environments'.

  • Being outdoors has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children's development.
  • Being outdoors offers opportunities for doig things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.
  • Being outdoors offers first hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world.
  • Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, question, challenge themselves, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant.

At Grange Primary School, outdoor learning is an inspirational process which offers all children opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a vocabulary rich environment.

When a child is confident, able to think for themselves, take and manage risk, ask questions and communicate ideas they are ready to learn in the classroom the life.

Grange Primary School's outdoor learning programme helps develop:

  • Independence
  • Confidence wit self-esteem
  • Communication and social skills
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Team and problem solving
  • Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment
  • The ability to recognise and manage risk
  • Learn new skills, use ad build on the skills to create, construct, adapt and solve problems
  • Healthier lifestyles

 

Wood camp

Mud 

Balancing over the quagmire

Using lashings to make a ladder

Cascading water

Team work

Catching water

Communication skills

Treehouse

Co-operation

Mud kitchen

Outdoor telephone

Treehouse

Gross motor skills

Pulley

Fire pit cooking

Shelter

Den building

Shelter building

Using tools to create

Hammering

Knot tying

Mallet making with a machete

Japanese saw

Pod building for a survival challenge

Spirit level

Building a bagatelle game 

Knot tying skills

Using knot tying to create

Power drill

Power drill

Japanese saw

Pyramid building

Team work

Prototypes

Planning

Constructing

Creating

Creating

Writing - letters to our squirrels 

Creating

Creating

Creating