Outdoor learning involves the transformation of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours through direct engagement with the outdoor environment for the personal and social benefit of individuals, families, society and the planet.
At Horncastle we believe every child and young person should experience the world outside the classroom as an integral part of their learning and development, complementing learning in the classroom.
High quality outdoor education can stimulate and inspire; foster independence; aid personal and social development; and can often motivate reluctant learners. These experiences should be stimulating, safely managed and enjoyable, and contribute to meeting the needs of every young person.
At Horncastle, the term ‘Outdoor Education’ embraces activities and experiences that:
- normally take place out of doors
- have an adventurous component
- generally involve physical activity
- always respect the natural environment.
Why is it right for the children at Horncastle?
Outdoor learning has a major impact on the learning and development of our pupils. It supports and develops problem solving skills, benefits communication and resilience. Outdoor learning improves our children’s mental health and wellbeing. It also helps our children to nurture a relationship with nature and the environment.