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Ideas for successful outdoor learning in your primary school

Outdoor learning can support curriculum delivery, health and wellbeing and social skills. Natalie Hauser offers some ideas and pointers for getting started

As an education professional, you may have noticed that children are spending less time outdoors and more time inside and in front of screens.

Unfortunately, today's children have less freedom to enjoy the outdoors than past generations. Surveys have shown that parents are not letting their children go outdoors as much as they did in their own childhood – in the UK, one-third of all children do not play outside at all (Sustrans, 2016).

Meanwhile, a global survey found that more than half of all children get less than an hour of outdoor play a day, with some spending less time outdoors than maximum security prisoners (for details, see Carrington, 2016).

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