5 Benefits of Outdoor Learning

Education is not just about delivering a curriculum; it’s also about giving your class the chance to extend their life skills, develop their confidence have fun - whether it's in or outdoors! Now that summer has finally arrived, here are our top 5 benefits of learning outdoors with your pupils…

1. It reduces stress

Although many schools have stress management programmes, these are designed to teach individuals to deal with stress rather than to create stress-reducing environments. Giving children access to outdoor green spaces helps reduce stress and improves their concentration by learning in a peaceful environment. In fact, studies have shown that children view green spaces as calming and that these areas allow them to escape stress, improve attention spans, and build confidence. 

2. It boosts creativity and improves problem-solving skills

As a sensory experience, outdoor learning can also heighten creativity. For examplemaking collages or models using collected foliage and fallen leaves to create visual representations of their favourite animal will test their decision-making skills, patience and artistic ability — all while providing an adventurous and stimulating class challenge for them.

3. It will develop your pupils’ leadership skills 

Putting children outside in different, unfamiliar and challenging situations helps them to develop their leadership skills as they learn individually and in groups how to problem solve.

4. It will increase their motivation to succeed

Activity based learning in the outdoor classroom plays a role in a pupil’s motivation to succeed as they learn the importance of taking risks and overcoming challenges. Adventurous activities that engage a child both physically and mentally will not only improve their health and wellbeing, but also test their numeracy and problem-solving skills.

5. Increases levels of physical activity

Last but by no means least, outdoor learning gives children the room to run, jump, climb, be noisy and move in different ways. We know that increased physical activity at school will encourage children to do the same at home on the weekends, so it’ll help them adopt and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.