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Outdoor Learning

The outdoors can provide space and freedom for a type of learning that is difficult to replicate indoors.  All children have the right to experience the unique special nature of being outdoors.
At Great Horwood we have beautiful, extensive school grounds which are accessed by all children. We feel it is important to enable children to use the outside environment as a context for learning throughout the year.   


Research shows that when learning outside the classroom children will:

  • Attain higher levels of knowledge and skills
  • Improve their physical health and increase their motor abilities
  • Socialise and interact in new and different ways with their peers and adults
  • Show improved attention and enhanced self-concept, self-esteem and mental health
  • Develop their environmental behaviours and their values and attitudes
  • The outdoor curriculum
  • Community Links
  • Gardening, raised beds


HOT NEWS!  Friday 23rd June 2017
We thought we might have Great Crested Newts in and around the pond, but after investigations and a visit from the Ecology Team at Bucks County Council, we have been given the green light to continue our learning in this part of the school. We are now in the process of deciding what we want here and how we can achieve this and on 23rd June the whole school took part in an Outdoor Learning Planning Day; this gave the children an opportunity to re-design our Conservation Area. Any parents that feel they have the time and enthusiasm to help us, we would very much like to hear from you!