Introduction to Outdoor Learning for Teachers

Bring Outdoor Learning to your school, club, or nursey with our one day Introduction to Outdoor Learning Course.

 

This course is for groups who wish to equip their staff or volunteers with the skills to start leading outdoor learning sessions with their children. This course is designed to provide a framework, resource guide and activities relevant for delivering quality learning opportunities outside the classroom.

We will explore how to use the outdoors as a learning environment in a number of ways. This is a practical, hands on course that will give great ideas, and will help participants build confidence in taking sessions outdoors.  No previous experience of delivering outdoor education is required. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and a willingness to discover new skills!

This is a 6 hour course which usually runs from 9:30am until 3:30pm.

What Participants Will Learn

Participants will learn the pre-planning requirements of safely leading groups of children outside of the classroom. Our Introduction to Outdoor Learning course is structured to ensure participants learn:

  • How to put together the resources required to lead groups outside the classroom
  • The dynamic risk assessment requirements for leading outdoor lessons
  • To bring classroom topics into outdoor activities and games to create inspiring, engaging lessons
  • Practical ways to manage groups outdoors
  • Practical methods for reflecting on their own practice
  • How to tailor lessons to consider the outdoor environment, whether in the school grounds, local neighbourhood, woodland, or coast

 

Why Outdoor Learning

For schools, learning outside the classroom can often be far more effective in fostering a greater understanding than learning activities inside it. Outdoor learning lessons are fun, and help children make sense of the world around them by putting their learning into a meaningful context.

Opportunities for outdoor learning exist within and across all curriculum areas. Different outdoor learning experiences offer opportunities for personal and social development, as well as improving communication skills, problem solving abilities, and how effectively children work with others.

Outdoor learning can also have a positive impact on children’s well-being and development. Recent studies have highlighted some of the benefits:

  • Higher levels of conversational language
  • Greater independence
  • Improved health and sleeping patterns
  • Greater physical competence and agility
  • Improved concentration
  • Greater understanding and appreciation of the natural environment
  • Improved social skills, involvement and initiative
  • Better self confidence and improvements in mental health and emotional wellbeing

Useful Information

Wild Things provide all necessary equipment, tools, and learning resources.

Instruction and supervision is provided by our qualified and experienced Wild things! activity leaders. Maximum group size is 12 participants.

 If you would like to book this course for your school or nursery please contact us.

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