The Benefits of Outdoor Learning
Taking learning to the great outdoors - to the forest area, gives children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment.
It is a means to build independence and self-esteem in children - the personal skills they will learn are considered highly valuable, such as teamwork, problem-solving and learning to weigh-up risk. The woodland environment may be used to learn about other areas as well including mathematics and communication.
The combination of freedom and responsibility has been particularly beneficial to children who suffer from lack of confidence or whose behaviour is challenging. Children have the freedom to explore the area within the forest, this helps the child to learn to manage their own safety and move around comfortably, encouraging children to grow in confidence and independence and extend their abilities.