The first part of this list was compiled from comments made by teachers in Scotland. They live with government expectations that they will do outdoor learning as it is embedded into their curriculum (Curriculum for Excellence).
However, I feel sure there are many, many teachers and parents across the UK who would agree with their top ten list:
1: Because it feels good and makes one happier, having a break from the classroom.
2: Everyone is more focussed, more attentive and more engaged for longer outdoors.
3: Children are more adventurous, adaptive, flexible and reflexive outdoors.
4: Children are better connected to places and people outdoors with a stronger sense of identity and purpose.
5: Children learn better in the real world, in real life contexts, where we can make meaningful sense of our experiences.
6: Children are more curious, ask questions, build stronger cognitive pathways and use higher order thinking strategies more readily outside.
7: Everyone is more relational outdoors and both teaching and learning are more collaborative and shared.
8: Life outdoors is more inclusive, deploying different learning styles and drawing on different ways
9: Everyone regenerates our practice in learning and teaching through our journeys outdoors.
10. Learning and teaching outdoors cultivating new ways of doing things.
But there is one reason why some teachers are less happy:
There is still something of a lack of support materials available to help make these lessons happen.
That's why we’ve produced the “Outdoor Literacy Pack” containing over 100 outdoor activities that each seek to motivate and engage children and make teaching literacy in the school grounds much easier.
There is more information on our website or you can call 01604 491511 for a chat.
I'd like thank Juliet Robertson for bringing this to my attention. She wrote her blog after hearing a presentation by Julie Wilson, National Development Officer of Outdoor Learning. Visit her site for lots more great information about outdoor learning. http://creativestarlearning.blogspot.co.uk