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Outdoor Learning

Each Child is Uniquely Created and Loved by God

Our aim at St Barnabas’ School is that all children aspire to master a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding in an outdoor learning environment.

Through the implementation of outdoor teaching and learning strategies, the curriculum will be presented in a positive, creative and inspiring manner. Teaching and learning will focus on building confidence and self-esteem in order to create well-rounded, resilient and independent learners.

The Outdoor Learning curriculum will encourage pupils to build effective relationships and develop empathy.

It will support pupils to regulate their social, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing and promote a positive sense of self.

We believe that the effective use of the outdoor learning environment has the capacity to transform negative behaviours into positive ones and afford all pupils with the opportunity to lead and act with agency.

Pupils will be encouraged to collaborate and think critically in order to solve problems.

The curriculum will also encourage logical thinking, self-reflection and promote pupils’ growth mind-set.

Furthermore, the Outdoor Learning curriculum will challenge pupils to understand, assess and manage risk.

By pushing pupils beyond their perceived limits, they will experience the value of endurance, perseverance
and resilience.

The Outdoor Learning Curriculum is designed to enrich pupils’ life experience by providing them with the opportunity to engage with their surroundings and appreciate the beauty of the natural environment.

It will also provide pupils with skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied directly in the classroom and the wider world.