St Luke's is a large inner-city primary school and each year we provide all KS2 children with the chance to spend a night in the Peak District with their classmates and teachers.
Why does outdoor learning matter? All learning is important whether it takes place indoors or outdoors. However, sometimes the outdoor environment can be a more effective and stimulating place to learn than indoors. Frequent and regular outdoor learning encourages children and young people to engage with their natural and built heritage and brings a host of benefits in terms of health and well being. The outdoors also provides excellent opportunities
To use a wide range of skills and abilities not always relevant in the classroom.
Will children and young people be placed at risk when outdoors?
Most outdoor learning activities carry no higher risk than activities and situations faced by learners on a day-to-day basis. To ensure that the benefits of any planned activity outweigh the risks many practitioners utilise a risk/benefit approach which is advocated by the Health and Safety Executive.
Risk management is a life skill and learners should be educationally involved in the process from the outset. This will help learners to make good decisions about risks as they develop. What measures have been put in place to manage the safety of my child whilst learning outdoors? Schools and local authorities have guidelines for all off-site visits. Measures will be in place to ensure that: there are agreed ratios of adults to children, staff are competent and emergency arrangements are in place. Children and young people will, where appropriate, be encouraged to manage their own and others’ safety.