Outdoor Learning Research

Outdoor Learning Research 

 

I know, you know, you are here because you see, feel and experience the benefits outdoor learning brings to you and your class or children. It has this magic fairy dust that just boosts our mood, improves our well-being and has the ability in seconds to make us feel fabulous from head to toe!

 

Imagine what kind of learners that type of confidence could bring to how children learn and how well children absorb it. 

 

So what are the stats surrounding Outdoor Learning? 

 

Take from Outdoor Classroom Day Survey 2021:

  • 88% of teachers say that children are more engaged in learning when taking lessons outdoors
  • 86% of teachers say that playing outdoors gives children a better understanding of the environment. 
  • 44% of teachers have increased outdoor learning since getting involved in Outdoor Classroom Day.

What are the most prominent benefits of Outdoor Learning?

Taken from Independent School Parent Article:

  • develop reflective and inquisitive thinking along with problem-solving approaches in ‘real’ situations
  • encourage holistic development of children
  • develop resilience and adaptability in occasionally adverse circumstances
  • allow children to become more able to identify hazards and risks
  • develop a love, appreciation and respect for nature and all that is living
  • develop an understanding of how we can look after our environment
  • develop self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem
  • develop collaborative-working and communication skills
  • provide positive health benefits – both physically and mentally – and assist gross and fine-motor development
  • develop a lifelong love of the outdoors

Knowing the above, it becomes clear that what ties all of these together is well-being, happy, healthy children go on to be in a better mindset. To learn, to make friendships and go on to lead a happy life that prospers and gives back to the world.  These are the most recent stats on the mental health of children in the UK. 

 

Taken from The Children’s Society data: May 25th 2022

 

  • 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 are likely to have a mental health problem
  • In the last three years, the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50%.
  • Now, five children in a classroom of 30 are likely to have a mental health problem.
  • 39.2% of 6 to 16-year-olds had experienced deterioration in mental health since 2017⁵

Scotland already recognises this and as such, it is a policy that outdoor education is supported within their curriculum.  Furthermore, play is also an important and integral part. 

Find more information surrounding this through Learning through the Landscapes. 

Wales also has a day to support Outdoor Learning to promote further its importance. 

The flourish project also provides lots of valuable information as to why the outdoors in particular helps with everybody’s wellbeing. 

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