Outdoor experiences offer so many valuable learning opportunities for children. These range from developing their personal skills, such as communication, problem solving and team work; to strengthening their academic skills, such as literacy, numeracy.
Using outdoor activities, schools can show children that learning occurs everywhere, at all times and not solely in a classroom with teachers and books.
Here at Oaks International School, all children partake in our Forest School Programme. This provides an opportunity for children to experience nature and the outdoor environment, in a safe, secure and hands-on way.
During our Forest School sessions, children experience all sorts of woodland activities that help them to build an understanding and appreciation of the woodland. These outdoor challenges also encourage children to estimate risk and take responsibility for themselves, others and the environment.
To learn more about why outdoor experiences are such an important part of our learning journey here at Oaks International, we’ve put together four key benefits of outdoor learning…
The outdoors provides excellent opportunities to use a wide range of personal skills and abilities that are not always used in the classroom. Outdoor learning can help to develop critical thinking skills, self-awareness and self-confidence.
Learning outdoors can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Walking and exploring nature is ideal for physical and emotional wellbeing and can contribute to a lifelong love of the outdoors.
By using outdoor learning activities, children have the opportunity to develop their decision making skills. These help children to identify hazards and risks and successfully manage them.
Frequent and regular outdoor learning encourages children to engage with nature and understand global environmental issues. Children learn to appreciate and respect nature and understand how they can contribute towards a greener planet.