10 reasons why learning outdoors is beneficial to children’s development

Learning outdoors or ‘Learning without walls’ as it is often referred offers fabulous opportunities for learning through outdoor fun. Here’s a few reasons why.

1. Helps to make learning relevant

Outside the classroom there are countless opportunities to make learning concepts relevant and real, by putting them into a more realistic context where children are fully engaged.

2. Helps to make learning more engaging

You work hard to engage children in the classroom, so let the natural attraction of the great outdoors support you in your task by stimulating their interest and provoking their curiosity.

3. Helps to develop learning through play

Outdoor play leads to physically and mentally stronger children that are more confident and socially better adjusted. As we know, children learn more when they’re happy and engaged, play helps to develop friendships and trust, learning and playing together, revelling in new experiences.

4. Helps to develop imagination and creativity

When outside their minds are opened up, free to explore and satisfy their own curiosity. Then bring that creativity back into the classroom and see the results.

5. Helps to improve attendance

If you can incorporate outside experiences into your curriculum, motivating and engaging pupils to learn, you’ll inevitably find that they’re more motivated to attend school.

6. Helps with behaviour

A new set of behaviour management processes will be required outside the classroom. Children being engaged, motivated and happy can often result in a general improvement in behaviour.

7. Helps to develop interest in the environment

Learning outside presents the ideal opportunity to teach your pupils about the environment and about the area, helping them to mature as responsible citizens which can sometimes be challenging to convey in the classroom.

8. Helps by exposing children to new opportunities

Learning outside the classroom can take in a wide range of destinations and events. For example, Swanage and Purbeck lie on the south coast of Dorset and have stunning landscapes and coastline in all seasons – the area is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
(According to a Keep Britain Tidy survey last year, just under one in five children (18%) have never set foot on a beach. The poll of 2,000 parents revealed they were put off taking their children by the weather and concerns about cleanliness and litter. Yet when children do get to the seaside, they are captivated).

9. Helps them to enjoy almost limitless resources

Being outside means learning without walls, the only limit to learning is your own time and imagination!

10. Helps them to keep healthy!

Today more than ever, the benefits of exercise for children is recognised and well documented. Good outdoor experiences and learning opportunities present great opportunities for fresh air and exercise, even pupils who aren’t very interested in PE can excel in this environment.