Outdoor Learning Lead - Miss Hudson Jones
At Button Lane Primary School we are committed to providing the very best education and opportunities for all of our pupils.
We believe that the outdoors has huge potential for providing learning opportunities. We are extremely fortunate to be set in large grounds which we are developing to maximise the teaching and learning potential.
Our outdoor learning experiences are delivered through a combination of school-based outdoor learning, pastoral work, Forest School sessions, visits to other places within the local area and wider community and residential programmes.
Taking the curriculum outdoors can have a considerably beneficial impact on the learning and development of pupils. From enhancing problem solving skills and creativity to communication and resilience, outdoor learning provides endless opportunities for exploration, experimentation and contextual learning.
Recent studies have shown the outdoors to have many positive impacts upon both pupils and staff, including;
- Higher levels of conversational language.
- Improved social skills, involvement and initiative.
- Greater independence.
- Reduced stress and anxiety, and improved mental health
- Improved physical health and sleeping patterns.
- Greater physical competence and agility.
- Improved concentration.
- A greater understanding of nature and the environment.
Click here for our Statement of Intent
Outdoor Classroom Day
Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. Twice yearly, we join thousands of schools around the world taking lessons outdoors and prioritising playtime- see below for some of the things we have gotten up to.
We have been fortunate to receive funding to support the development of our staff in using the outdoors for teaching. Through international visits to a wide range of educational settings in both Sweden and Latvia, staff have gained a great amount of inspiration, confidence and passion for outdoor learning. You can read about our adventures here.
The Muddy Puddle Approach
Some of our staff are currently undertaking Muddy Puddle Teacher Training, which will enable us to further enhance the use of the outdoors in our teaching here at Button Lane. The Muddy Puddle Approach is "cross-curricular, engaging and inclusive for all children. Importantly, our approach also supports educators in delivering effective teaching in an outdoor environment. Designed to take minimal time to prep and clear up, it’s appropriate for both large classes and small groups. It requires minimal resources, provides rich outdoor learning experiences and connects children with nature. Above all, it practises proper environmental methods and nurtures the children’s well-being"
We can’t wait to get going and to see the impact on our pupils. Keep an eye out for further information and ways you can get Muddy involved with us!