Learning outside the classroom contributes significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.
Ofsted 'Learning Outside the Classroom' report, 2008
advantages of outdoor learning
The evidence for the benefits of outdoor learning is overwhelming and growing all the time. One of the largest scale studies ever done was conducted recently by Natural England over four years on behalf of the government. The study looked at over 40,000 children from 125 schools and found that children who learn outdoors are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn. Read the full report here.
Alarmingly, the likelihood of a child visiting any green space at all has halved in a generation. Now more than ever it is time to let our children experience the joys of the outdoors. Here are some further areas and research that demonstrate the importance of forest school learning.
Little Foxes Forest School was formed after our team saw how learning outdoors can ignite children's enthusiasm and curiosity for learning. We repeatedly saw children with behavioural difficulties thrive in the forest, and watched in wonder as children generated deep learning experiences from their environment. In a parliamentary report by the Committee of Education and Skills into benefits of Outdoor Education (2010) it was found that education outside the classroom is of significant benefit to pupils. We hope you'd like to join us on this journey to connect children back to nature.