Taking learning outside the classroom has become an essential part of the school year and is a great way for children to experience something new, as well as testing their confidence and team skills.
We encourage all schools to take a look at the mental and physical benefits of outdoor learning. Here are 5 reasons why outdoor learning is so beneficial:
Encourages an active lifestyle
This is so important as we live in such a digital world, with everyone on phones, tablets or game consoles. Outdoor learning gives children (and adults alike!) a chance to step outside and explore what nature has to offer. There is so much fun to be had outside! There are a variety of physical benefits such as exercise, pushing your limits and boosting your energy levels and immune system. Not only that, but it in turn helps improve mental health. The outdoors is known to help fight anxiety and depression as well as help clear your mind and be a natural mood booster.
There is nothing better than getting outside and enjoying Mother Nature!
Here in The New Forest, we find there is so much to explore and having activities in the heart of it gives us so much more to discover and have fun with. Getting fresh air and some Vitamin D is the top of our list!
Improves communication skills
Whilst doing outdoor activities is beneficial as an individual, it also gives you a chance to work together as a group and learn how to communicate effectively. An example of this is our Bushcraft activity. We challenge groups to a variety of tasks such as fire lighting and shelter building which not only improves their outdoor skills, but also helps them to problem solve by working together to build the best shelter.
Helps us understand and respect the nature around us
It’s so important to value and look after the environment we are in. We’re lucky to have access to the private Beaulieu River which is a nature reserve protected by Natural England, a great place to take groups canoeing or kayaking on. These are sessions that provide an insight into the importance of protecting nature and the environment around us. Sometimes, even the resident seal says hello!
A great part of outdoor learning is that you can face challenges come rain or shine, and doing these challenges in a new environment and having the encouragement and confidence to see these through is a great booster for children and their learning. The outdoors is a place to be admired and something you can still learn all about as it’s ever-changing.
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A great part of outdoor learning is that you can face challenges come rain or shine, and doing these challenges in a new environment and having the encouragement and confidence to see these through is a great booster for children and their learning.
At New Forest Activities, we have been providing outdoor experiences for over 15 years. Our unique location and fantastic instructors and office team pride themselves on making sure all of our school groups have a great time that they’ll remember for years to come. Speak to our friendly team today to start discussing your school trip needs. Alternatively you can download our school trips brochure to find out more.
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