Outdoor Learning fosters curiosity and independence

Outdoor Learning fosters curiosity and independence. In a Pupil Forum Meeting on Thursday 27th April, children of all ages within the school cited outdoor learning as one of the most stimulating aspects of school life.

There is much evidence to indicate that when children are freed from the classroom, they develop more quickly as ‘young investigators’ and are much more likely to assume responsibility for their own learning. This year Weald CPS (under the guidance and direction of Mr Taylor) has made great strides forward in developing the school environment in order to foster a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities. The small area of woodland at the bottom of the school field has been developed as a location where children can initiate their own learning and develop true awareness of the natural world. In addition, a programme of school trips (most notably to Ightham Mote) have broadened the children’s outdoor learning horizons through the study of ‘Habitats’ and team-building exercises like raft and den building.