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Outdoor Learning

At St Bede's we believe that outdoor play and learning is essential to children's health and development and wellbeing. Our outdoor learning complements indoor learning and is equally important. Outdoor learning encompasses all that children do, see, hear or feel in their outdoor space. This includes the naturally occurring cyclical opportunities linked to seasons, weather and nature. 


Outdoor learning is important because:

  • It supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles
  • Offers children a range of opportunities
  • For physical activity; freedom and movement
  • Promotes a sense of confidence and wellbeing
  • Provides opportunities for developing harmonious relationships with others through negotiations, turn taking and cooperation
  • Support those children who learn best through activity and movement
  • Provides safe and supervised opportunities for children to experience new challenges
  • Assess risk and develop the skills to manage difficult situations 
  • Support children developing creativity and problem solving skills
  • Provides rich opportunities for imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness
  • Gives children contact with the natural world and offers them unique experiences such a direct contact with the weather and seasons.