Learning Outside the Classroom

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir (naturalist and environmental philosopher).

There is a gathering body of research to indicate that ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ brings about more permanent learning experiences. Injecting fun and risk into learning heightens senses and awareness, enabling teachers to pin learning outcomes to these moments of new experience.

Outdoor Classroom Day (officially scheduled for November 8th 2018) is part of a global initiative to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning. In 2017, over 2.3 million children worldwide took part.

A large body of research shows that outdoor learning improves children’s health, enjoyment, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. These learning opportunities also encourage key aspects of our Stroud Spirit skills including resilience and collaboration.

On a beautiful Autumn Monday, a number of the pupils’ lessons were ‘taken outside’ where they took part in a range of inspiring activities. From maths calculations on the playground to whittling in the woods, pupils from Early Years to Year 8 experienced Learning Outside the Classroom.