What is it?
All the children at Kilmington Primary School have the opportunity to participate in regular outdoor learning sessions, within the village.
It is a truly immersive outdoor experience, working on the theory that there is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices, so outdoor sessions can occur all year round.
Skills and lessons learnt socially, physically, intellectually, emotionally and in communication, through outdoor learning are invaluable. It is a journey, not a single experience and this is a journey all children need to travel to ensure they are not starved from nature due to the pressures and technical advances of modern life.
Having the sessions in the village has enables the children to access this provision and for it to be year round. The short walk to the site has reduced the environmental impact. Outdoor learning sessions promote physical activity and the walk there and back is an added bonus!
A typical session at our site will include team challenges, games, singing, problem solving, the sharing of ideas and discoveries, crafts using the natural resources available, den-building, lots of physical activity, maybe cooking, definitely mud, bug hunts and thinking about the environment around them and conservation. It is not just school in a forest, but it is an opportunity for the children to learn a lot about themselves and deepen their appreciation for the natural environment and understanding of all the ways in which it can be enjoyed.