Outdoor learning ‘boosts children’s development’

November 24 2016

A recent report by Plymouth University revealed that outdoor learning has positive impact on a child’s development.

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A recent report by Plymouth University revealed that outdoor learning has positive impact on a child’s development. With busier family lives and an increase in the use of technology, children are given less opportunities to explore their surrounding natural environment. 

The research warns that the loss of exposure to the natural environment could have negative long-term consequences in hampering children's social skills as well as risking stifling their long-term physical, emotional development and wellbeing.

Tania Master, business manager at Bristol Steiner School said: “We were pleased to see the results of this research that show that if outdoor learning is implemented in a formal way, as it is at the Bristol Steiner School where, alongside our academic classroom based programmes, a large part of our pupil's learning takes place outside.  It helps to encourage a child’s greater thinking about their learning processes and taking responsibility for their learning.

“The notable outcomes that were reported are happier, healthier and more confident learners. It was also encouraging to see the report call for it to be adopted into the national curricula.” 

Bristol Steiner School, is an urban village school in the heart of Bristol where students learn to gain an understanding of the environment and caring respect for all of its components. Parents are invited to find out more by signing up to a classroom tour on Thursday, December 8, 9-11am. Book your place by emailing admissions@bristolsteinerschool.org or calling 0117 933 9990.