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Outdoor Learning - The Subject Story

Outdoor Learning(3)


At Bourne Primary every child from Year 1 to Year 6 has the opportunity to spend half a day learning outside every fortnight.  This allows the children have hands on experiences through which they develop their understanding, application of our school values of Nurture, Innovate, Collaborate and Empathise, alongside successfully learning skills. Outdoor Learning is sometimes planned around the curriculum currently being studied, which gives depth, enrichment and an outdoor perspective for our children, however we add specific knowledge and skills that are based on our outdoor learning curriculum.

We want all children in Key stage 1 and 2 to have the opportunity to be able to explore and learn outside throughout the year, experiencing the seasons and changing nature around them, building resilience. We recognise that many of our children do not get the equal opportunities outside school to experience the outdoors and nature, so we offer all our children (from year 1), regular Outdoor Learning as part of our curriculum.


Our curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach alongside the National Curriculum, supported by a skills and knowledge progression for Outdoor learning. Outdoor learning is planned to enrich and enhance the children’s in-school learning experiences. Children also have opportunities to learn specific outdoor skills which link closely to successful learning/learning to learn. For example, using flint and steel to light fires which teaches them about fire safety; respect for the environment, themselves and others; working within safe boundaries. Outdoor learning takes place on our school grounds and on occasion the surrounding area.


By the time children leave our school they will:

  • Have enjoyed hands on experiences learning outdoors which will add to their understanding and learning of a wide variety of curriculum areas
  • Have developed imagination and creativity through exploration of the outdoors
  • Have developed resilience through challenging activities and working in all weathers
  • Have developed co-operation skills through team work
  • Have an understanding of nature, the world around us, growing plants and vegetables
  • Have awareness of the development of our school grounds and looking after the world around us
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