There is always something to learn outside the four walls of a classroom. Outdoor learning can help students develop holistically, improving their physical, mental, emotional and social development. Here’s how:
1. It improves focus on lessons
A study shows that students are more engaged in class when they spend one lesson a week outdoors before returning to the traditional classroom setting. Exposure to nature makes this possible since nature puts you in a relaxed mood, which is the precise state of mind you need for holding your attention. So perhaps you can try a sit-down lesson on your school lawn or dedicate a school shelter to protect kids from harsh weather elements while learning.
2. It promotes an active lifestyle
Learning outside the classroom gives students the freedom to move around, without the constraints of desks and chairs. They can engage in play, which essentially counts as physical activity. Obesity among children is one of the pressing problems in the UK, and schools can very well help in preventing such by promoting outdoor learning. Integrate your lessons into physical activities. You can take cues from typical games, like tag or hide and seek, to introduce your lectures.
3. It allows students to connect with each other
When pupils are in a more relaxed environment, they are more likely to build rapport because they are much less guarded. In long-term peer relationships, outdoor activities are the ones that could test the stability and strength of those friendships. Students may just find your outdoor learning sessions to be a training ground for navigating complexities of conflicts and reconciliation.
Are you maximising your students’ full potential with outdoor learning? Remember, learning does not just happen inside the four walls of the classroom. Take them outside.