Outdoor Learning

At Burstow we recognise that our children learn in different ways and we are passionate about providing a wide variety of opportunities that will inspire them to become confident learners. We offer outdoor learning which  provides enrichment opportunities and inspiration to help children develop writing and maths skills in a real-life context. 

Principles of Outdoor Learning

  • It is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • It takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • It uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • It aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • It offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

What are the benefits?

  • It builds children’s confidence and self-esteem as they are responsible for making their own decisions and are carefully supported to achieve this
  • It supports all areas of the curriculum in an exciting, hands-on way
  • It develops communication and social skills. It develops knowledge, skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences
  • Children enjoy meeting and overcoming challenges at their own pace