Spring is approaching; here’s why you should try outdoor learning!

It’s been a long winter, but spring has finally sprung. The daffodils are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and the blue skies are on their way. What better circumstances are there for packing up your personalised exercise books and supplementary reading materials and taking them on an outdoor lesson adventure with your students?

With such perfect weather, it’s an ideal time to step outside with your students and explore the world around us. An outdoor lesson is a great way for your students to learn and have fun at the same time. Whether it’s a nature trail, examining the plants, animals, and ecosystems around your school premises, or a simple maths lesson on the grass, there are plenty of ways to enjoy an outdoor lesson. Not only are they a fun change of pace, but they’re also beneficial for students’ mental and physical health – and here’s why.

Spring is approaching; here’s why you should try outdoor learning!

It promotes healthy enjoyable habits

It's a great idea to encourage your students to spend time outside and participate in physical activities, whether in PE or any other lesson. Creating these healthy habits from a young age can help children develop a passion for outdoor activities and lead to a more active and well-rounded lifestyle, and it's something that children love. A recent government poll even found that 95% of children enjoyed learning outdoors rather than indoors.

It help improve concentration and focus

Outdoor learning provides an opportunity for children to explore and discover the natural world around them. It's an effective way to break up the routine of a traditional classroom setting and give children a change of pace. It's even been suggested that fresh air and natural light can enhance cognitive function and mental alertness, meaning that your students will be better able to concentrate, retain information, and apply what they have learned in the classroom.

It’s great for their brains

When children engage in outdoor activities, they are exposed to a stimulating range of sensory experiences. The tactile sensation of the grass or the yard, the rustling sound of the leaves, and the refreshing scent of nature all contribute to a rich sensory experience. Learning outdoors helps facilitate your students' sensory development and awareness, enabling them to develop a deeper understanding of the natural world. Healthline even states that 'this kind of play helps create connections in the brain that allow for more complex thoughts and tasks.' Sensory activities also help young brains better process and respond to sensory information.

It’s easy!

One of the best things about outdoor learning is that it’s a free and easy way to break up the day. All you need is some sun, mild temperatures and your students, as well as some personalised exercise books and supplementary reading materials, and you’re good to go! The beauty of moving the classroom outside is it provides many benefits with very little effort. Plus, who doesn’t like spending a bit of time out in the sun on a nice day? When all your students are happy, they’re more likely to behave and enjoy their time at school, making the process better for everyone involved.

If you're looking for ways to make learning more exciting for your class, give outdoor learning a try. It's a great way to mix things up and provide your students with a fun and productive learning environment. To make your lessons even better, you can provide your students with quality printed supplies from which to work. We've got a vast selection of exercise books to choose from here at EPSL, all of which can easily be used outside on a nice day! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at 01254 686 500. We'd love to help you out!

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