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Outdoor Learning

Curriculum Lead: Miss Cockle

Our Vision:

At Eye Primary we want children to have the opportunity to be able to explore and learn outside throughout the year, experiencing the seasons and changing nature around them.

"I hear and I forget

I see and I remember

I do and I understand"

Confucius (551-479 B.C.)

Outdoor Learning is not  another 'subject’ it’s a medium for an approach to learning and personal development that can be applied to every subject and or an area of educational experience Therefore learning need not take place solely within educational buildings. Outdoor learning often provides the most memorable learning experiences for children and help them make sense and appreciate the world around them by putting their learning into a meaningful context.


Recent studies have highlighted some benefits of outdoor learning for young children:

  • higher levels of conversational language.
  • greater independence.
  • improved health and sleeping patterns.
  • greater physical competence and agility.
  • improved time focus on activities and more concentration.
  • a greater understanding of nature and the environment.
  •  improved social skills, involvement and initiative.

At Eye we believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development. The outdoor environment has massive potential for providing learning opportunities. We are lucky we have outdoor grounds, wildlife area, growing areas and an environment rich in opportunities. We also make full use of our local area, including the nature reserve, to enhance our educational provision. In addition, our EYFS and Year 1 classrooms allow for an indoor-outdoor freeflow educational experience.


Our outdoor environment offers motivating, exciting, different, relevant and easily accessible activities from Foundation through to Year 6. Our outdoor learning experiences are delivered through a combination of school-based outdoor learning, visits to other places and residential programmes. 


Children remember outdoor learning experiences.  Integrating learning and outdoor experiences, whether through play in the immediate grounds or adventures further afield, provides relevance and depth to the curriculum in ways that are difficult to achieve indoors. Learning outdoors can be enjoyable, creative, challenging and adventurous and helps children learn by experience and grow as confident and responsible citizens who value and appreciate the natural environment.