Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning

(naturally)

It’s typically got the best light, freshest air and clearest acoustics.

In other words it’s a perfect environment for learning
(and it’s turning it inside out).

During the early 20th century, open air schools were far from uncommon. Waldeschule (that translates as “forest school”), built near Berlin in 1904 is widely acknowledged as being the first. By 1907 there was an outdoor school in London with another being built the following year. By 1937 there were 96 open-air schools in Great Britain as they were seen as one of the ways of preventing the widespread rise of tuberculosis that occurred in the period leading up to the Second World War. However, they started to fall out of favour by the 1970’s in part due to the vagaries of the British weather. But as the walkers’ guidebook author Alfred Wainright said:

“There’s no such thing as bad weather – just unsuitable clothing.”

In a Covid-aware society, it’s likely that outdoor learning could well come back into vogue for all the same reasons as it was in the 1920’s. According to The Institute of Outdoor Learning, “taking the curriculum outside can improve attainment, increase engagement, and develop a wide range of skills including problem solving, communication and resilience. Outdoor learning also provides endless opportunities for experiential, contextual and applied education.”  Indeed, a project part-funded by the UK Government found, in 2016, that children learning outdoors were “happier, healthier and more motivated to learn” when they “turned the outdoors into a classroom and helped schools transform ways of teaching” prompting the then Environment Minister, Rory Stewart to comment:

“What’s clever about this project is it listens to teachers, it works with the grain of an individual school, and it works out how to get children into the outdoors while improving their curriculum experience.”

RORY STEWART
FORMER ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

These products are suitable for outdoor learning.

Bloq

Multi-purpose seat / worksurface

Bloq
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Zig Zag

Portable worksurface

Zig Zag
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BioCase

Personal antimicrobial case

SmartCase
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Studio

Outdoor Learning Space

Studio Outdoor Learning Space
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