Why does going outside improve wellbeing?
- We move more when we go outside this improves our mood and health, uses excess energy and allows us to relax more when inside.
- Sensory – touching natural things
- Healthy germs in mud
- Connecting with nature
- Connecting with each other
- Less structure
- More discoveries
- Canvas changes
- Releases happy hormones
- Less confliction
- Fresh air
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What can you do to get your school outside more?
We would love you all to train on The Muddy Puddle Teacher approach but for now, try a few of these:
- Start a walking circle first thing in the morning when parents arrive with children, they walk around the yard and watch them chat, feel good and all leave one another ready for a great day!
- Try a similar thing after school
- Ask staff to look at their Science topics is there anything in there that would be enhanced if taken outdoors?
- Send a questionnaire to staff, do they take lessons outside of not why? Get their feedback and reflect, discuss ways of moving forward.
- Improve clothing, ask parents to bring wellies in, contact charity shops for spares or put outdoor learning clothing on the uniform list.
- Hold a special outdoor learning day such as Bring a stick to school day, Ditch the plastic and much more. We have packs click on our website www.themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk
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