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The magic of outdoor learning

Posted on: 14 Jun 2018 by Weston Green School

It has been a delight to see the growth of outdoor learning over the last few years at Weston Green, whether it be via the expansion of the residential programme in Key Stage 2, the use of the outdoor area behind the astro, the significant development of Forest School work or the new dynamic in playtime as a result of the wonderful outdoor play area - or, indeed, a combination of those factors.

Children at Weston Green seem rarely to lack confidence and this is because they have so many carefully constructed opportunities to be immersed in active, engaging, enthralling and challenging learning. To enhance the work being done inside classrooms by utilising the ‘outdoor classroom’, has made perfect sense. We have witnessed a growth in personal and social skills as children work through practical problems and challenges, both individually and collectively: by using tools in Forest School, by taking appropriate risks and attempting something new on residential visits, by building, imagining, creating and engaging in the new outdoor play area, and by investigating, planting and growing their own produce they have learned how to collaborate, evaluate their decision-making, improve their concentration and refine their motor skills and social awareness.

I have often remarked that there is something almost magical at Weston Green as the children seem so completely wonderful, happy, buoyant and confident - it is almost magical because underpinning their daily experience is a deliberate process of careful thought and planning, opening up the avenues to be their best selves, which is always and unerringly the goal - how glorious it is to witness that so evidently each day.

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