“Get children outside to make them curious and creative”, urges Springwatch presenter Kate Humble

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is about getting children and young people out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn. Learning outside the classroom is recognised as being important in helping to improve academic achievement and develop skills in a broad range of environments, making learning more engaging and relevant for young people. Studies have found that children who don’t necessarily thrive in a traditional classroom are more engaged and successful when they’re learning in a curriculum-based, outdoor environment.

Presenter, writer and naturalist Kate Humble has spoken about the importance of getting kids outdoors on school trips. Kate said it was to the detriment of everybody including teachers, parents and children themselves that not enough was being done to connect children with nature. She added, “Ultimately, if you take a child outside, their attention span just snaps in. As well as being much more attentive, they are more curious, more fired up; their imaginations go like the clappers.” She went on to say: “All of a sudden, as teacher, you’ve got children who are not slumped in some kind of bored stupor whatever you do. You’ve got kids who are fired up, who want to learn and children who are curious. “Being outside really triggers the creative side of our brains; children are so much more responsive, interested and enthused about learning”. (School Travel Organiser October 2019).

Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature and the environment. The outdoor environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement while also of course helping them to practice their physical skills.

At Cumulus Outdoors we recognise that some students thrive in the great outdoors, whilst others may require a little gentle encouragement at first. That’s why our school residential trips on the Dorset coast are tailored to the needs of the group and feature a bespoke programme of outdoor adventure activities that is designed to bolster self confidence and enhance their wellbeing.

Our team of experienced staff follow a ‘challenge by choice’ ethos, which encourages children to stretch themselves and develop skills they can draw upon on their return to school. We can adapt our itineraries to meet desired learning outcomes and include educational elements into your trip in our onsite classroom. As well as promoting learning outside the classroom during our activities we can organise excursions to nearby points of interest, including nature reserves, castles, museums and beauty spots along the Jurassic Coast.

To find out how Cumulus can get your school or youth group outside please get in touch to speak to a member of our team.