Why should learning be confined to the classroom? Learning outdoors is a fantastically engaging and healthy way to capture your pupils’ imagination, increase physical activity levels and eliminate boredom. Children simply aren’t designed to be stuck behind a desk for hours; here’s why we believe outside learning is the way forward for education.
1. Encourage physical activity
This generation of kids spends more leisure time than ever before indoors. A combination of safety concerns and new technologies means that children today often spend more time playing on PlayStations, using phones and watching TV than is healthy. That makes it even more important to ensure that during school hours they are getting some physical activity, in a safe and stimulating environment. Schools can play a vital role in boosting young people’s physical health by incorporating movement into every lesson – not just PE.
2. BOOST MENTAL WELLBEING
We were built to spend time outdoors, engaging with the natural world, but modern life doesn’t always give us the opportunity to do so. According to the RSPB, 8.3% of children aged between 5 and 15 suffer from a mental health disorder. But when children spend time connecting with nature, their mental wellbeing soars, reducing the incidence of depression, anxiety and stress. Children with ADHD in particular can benefit from the experience of learning outdoors.
3. Develop respect for nature
Engaging with nature is essential if children are to grow up to be mindful of the environmental impact that human actions can have. Future generations will face unprecedented environmental issues, but by developing a respect for nature in early life, we can create active global citizens who understand the importance of taking care of the environment.
4. NURTURE CREATIVITY
Outdoor learning helps children to develop their imagination and hone their problem solving skills. A practical, hands-on approach to academic issues often suits children’s learning styles better, and encourages a more independent approach to learning. With lessons transposed from the classroom to the great outdoors, children become more relaxed, motivated and confident to try new and creative solutions.
5. Improve concentration and learning outcomes
Many children find it difficult to concentrate in the classroom. Learning outside has been shown to improve pupils’ confidence, concentration and academic performance – making it a no-brainer for schools. In addition to better learning outcomes, it can also typically offer more opportunity for independence and teamwork, leading to a happier and more socially integrated class of kids.
OUTDOOR LEARNING IN YOUR SCHOOL
Green Modular outdoor classrooms are carefully designed and positioned to connect the indoor teaching space with the outside world, perfect for learning outdoors. With floor to ceiling doors incorporated into the classroom, pupils will benefit from lots of natural light and great views of outside – even when they are learning indoors. Read more about the benefits of outdoor education, and check out our latest outdoor school classroom, built for Rowan Hill Preparatory School in Surrey.
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