The value of outdoor spaces
The outdoor spaces that you have at your disposal, be it small areas of tarmac or extensive grounds provide enormous potential as a context and environment for teaching and learning.
The importance of this cannot be underestimated when we are considering learning of what Andrew Hammond author of ‘Teaching for Character’ has termed the ‘hidden curriculum’. This being the development in children of character traits such as curiosity, resilience, motivation, empathy, independence, potential etc.
These traits although hidden are vital and have a direct impact on outcomes in not only the more visible school curriculum but underpin success later in life such as in marriage and friendships. In our experience they are rarely adequately addressed, nurtured, actively developed and evidenced.
SOuL’s ethos and approach to teaching and learning is based on a number of educational ‘presuppositions’ that are met when teaching outdoors and lend themselves ideally to developing the above skills in children. Robust empirical evidence over the last decade supports these and challenges the conventional view of the learning environment, the role of the teacher and learner. The outdoor environment as a context for learning provides the setting for each of the following:
If you would like to learn more about how to utilise your school grounds for teaching and learning be it to enrich academic achievement or educate for character, come and join us at:
The Outdoor Learning Conference – Taking Your Teaching & Learning Outdoors
The UK’s largest outdoor learning event for schools.
5th October 2017, The Grammar School at Leeds
The full cost of this event is £95pp, book by Friday the 7th July for the early bird rate of £75 (+ VAT).
Click the following link to reserve your tickets http://buytickets.at/schooloutdoorlearning/104273