Outdoor Learning is a broad term that includes:
Outdoor play [learning through play], school grounds projects, environmental education, recreational and adventure activities, personal and social development and more.
Woodmansterne Primary School offers outdoor learning opportunities for children across the school that fully utilise our unrivalled outdoor facilities to enhance our children’s learning. Children will be provided with a broad, rich curriculum that allows them to develop into pupils who love the challenge of learning and are resilient to failure.
Being outside, in a classroom with no walls and no roof, a child can explore, be more spontaneous, experiment and set self-imposed goals. They can take essential risks and approach open-ended challenges, problem solve and apply their knowledge in places where their minds have space to open. Being outside is shown to engage and motivate children, to help them form a deeper understanding of concepts and reach higher order thinking.
As a school we worked hard to achieve our Learning Outside the Classroom bronze accreditation, which was awarded in November 2018. This mark is the first national accreditation for schools which recognises, and supports the development of, learning outside the classroom across all subject areas. It is intended not only to recognise existing exemplary provision, but also to assist and support schools in developing their provision to enable all children to have access to meaningful experiences outside of the classroom. We are very proud to have now achieved this award.
In 2018, we were proud to be awarded the Surrey Wildlife Trust's 'Wildlife Garden Silver Award'.
Please see The National Trust's '50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾' for ideas on how to enjoy the outdoors with your family.