All children have a right to experience and benefit from the unique opportunities associated with being outdoors. The outdoors provides space and freedom for a type of learning that is difficult to replicate indoors. We believe it is important for children to use the outdoor environment as a context for learning throughout the year. We are privileged to have access to extensive grounds at St Kew. Research shows that, when learning in the outdoors, children will:
- Attain higher levels of knowledge and skills.
- Improve their physical health and increase their motor abilities.
- Socialise and interact in new and different ways with both peers and adults.
- Show improved attention and enhanced self-awareness, self-esteem and mental health.
- Change their environmental behaviours, values and attitudes.
All children have lessons outside of the classroom throughout the week.
We are currently working with the Eden Project to improve our Outdoor Learning environments.