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Ideas for outdoor learning this spring

Spring is on its way, but we need not wait for warmer days to get our pupils outside, especially given the impact of outdoor learning on wellbeing and happiness. Janet Anderson offers some practical tips for outdoor activities in primary schools


There has been much research on the wellbeing benefits of getting out into green spaces and gardens and the impact this has on school-aged children.

The People and Nature survey undertaken by Natural England (2022) demonstrates the positive role of nature in supporting children’s wellbeing, with 85% of the children in the April 2022 update agreeing that being in nature made them very happy.

It is increasingly recognised that engagement with the natural environment has wide-ranging physical, emotional, social, and cognitive benefits for individuals of all age groups. The impact on wellbeing for children spending time outside was also highlighted in the survey above, where 40% of adults agreed that their child seems happier when they have spent time outside.

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