“Outdoor Learning is a broad term that includes: outdoor play in the early years, school grounds projects, environmental education, recreational and adventure activities, personal and social development programmes, expeditions, team building, leadership training, management development, education for sustainability, adventure therapy … and more. Outdoor Learning does not have a clearly defined boundary but it does have a common core” as set out by the Institute of Outdoor Learning as published in The “What is Outdoor Learning?” by Dr. Roger Greenaway
The Kite TSA believes in the many benefits of Outdoor Learning and works with or is keen to sign post to a number of partners as well as non allianced organisations who can support schools with their Play offer, Wild Life Education, creativity outside the classroom, Science study, educational visits and other opportunities.
Through learning outdoors, children have the opportunity to develop and practise a range of important behaviours, attitudes and skills. These include communication, resilience, social interaction, self-agency and managing risk. In addition, through outdoor learning opportunities children acquire fine and gross motor skills and learn about sequencing and ordering. These are fundamental building blocks which support the learning that takes place in the classroom.
The Kite TSA’s philosophy on the importance of Outdoor Learning is underpinned by a range of research including that of Tim Gill: “Growing Up in A Risk Averse Society” (2007). Read the No Fear Summary here, as well as the “Project Wild Thing” by film maker David Bond (Project Wild Thing) in addition to many other research publications .
This list is not exhaustive and we are happy to include other organisations that share our values.