Taking the curriculum outside can improve attainment and increase engagement, as well as develop a wide range of skills, including: problem solving, communication and resilience. Outdoor learning also provides endless opportunities for experiential, contextual and applied education.
At a time when we are increasingly concerned about the physical and emotional wellbeing of our children and young people, outdoor learning brings with it a range of benefits which are now widely evidenced, acknowledged and accepted.
- Outdoor Learning is at its most potent when it is interwoven within the formal school curriculum.
- By taking a holistic view of all the environments available in school we can maximise the learning potential for our children.
We are extremely fortunate as a school - our outside space is vast, green and varied. Millfield School offers children:
- a spacious playing field to mix amongst their peers, play games, participate in sports, be the captain of our Millfield Ship, exercise on our gym equipment or take advantage of a walk along the boundary path.
- an exciting timber trail to balance on and challenge themselves.
- a tranquil pond and surrounding area to investigate the wonderful pond-life, as well as to grow various vegetables.
- wrap around spacious playgrounds with engaging markings to help give interactive game ideas.
- a wonderful Yurt to visit and learn in a totally different environment.
- a woodland area to investigate and explore.
- a woodland story circle to host shows and performances.