Outdoor Learning Statement
The Outdoor Education Advisers Panel has identified the following outcomes linked to Learning Outside the Classroom.
- Confidence building;
- Social awareness;
- Environmental awareness;
- New Skill development;
- Increased Personal qualities such as perseverance;
- Key skill development such as communication;
- Health and fitness;
- Increased Motivation and broadening a child’s horizons.
Outdoor education at Hungerford is offered to every child, regularly, in a progressive and differentiated approach to take advantage of the above benefits.
The approach to Outdoor Learning at Hungerford aims to enrich the curriculum and allow children to learn through play and enquiry, making full use of the school grounds and off site locations, using a wide range of activities.
Staff are encouraged to use the outdoors to give theory context, inspire children with first-hand experiences of nature, real life risk management, hands-on learning, and skill acquisition.
Outdoor learning is applied in a holistic way throughout the whole school, integrated into all curriculum areas – not only to develop subject knowledge – but also to develop an appreciation of other people, the natural world, and themselves.
Staff and students endeavour to ensure learning takes place in a safe environment, although risk is something to be discussed and managed alongside the children, as opposed to creating a cotton wool approach.