Outdoor Education At Wales Primary School

Outdoor education has become a large part of children’s education in recent years. Outdoor education can involve working with others, carrying out investigations, learning about the local area and community and going on school trips. The intended outcomes of such experiences encompass: knowledge and understanding, attitudes and feelings, values and beliefs, activities or behaviours, personal development and social development.

Outdoor learning takes place throughout our school, however it can mainly be observed in EYFS and Key Stage 1. EYFS have their own outdoor classroom and forest school where our pupils can access a range of outdoor equipment, undertake different activities and bring classroom learning from other curriculum areas to life.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils use the outdoor areas for a range of lessons and curriculum subjects such as a village study in Geography, measuring in Mathematics or observing mini beasts and habitats for Science. Pupils also have an opportunity during the year to take part in problem solving, team building and social skill development activities in the Forest School.

Key Stage 2 pupils have the opportunity to undertake outdoor, adventurous activities within the school grounds during P.E lessons. In addition to this we offer a residential visit in Year 6 to Robinwood. Here pupils can undertake a variety of outdoor activities and sports, while developing key life skills.