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Planning and integrating outdoor lessons and learning

Outdoor learning can present many challenges for curriculum and lesson-planning, but it can be worth the effort. Headteacher Matthew Leach talks about his school’s focus on taking teaching outdoors and how it has helped improve outcomes

Hyrstmount is a three-form entry junior school in Batley, Yorkshire. We have been working to build confidence among teaching staff to deliver lessons outdoors. This has been a really valuable and important journey for us, and we can now shout about the results.

In 2016, we began working to plan and integrate outdoor lessons. We wanted to ensure that the lessons dovetailed with the curriculum and that the lessons complemented and consolidated children’s learning each term, helping them to progress.

Getting pupils learning outside

We worked with Grow to School, a not-for-profit outdoor learning provider, to develop this over the course of a year.

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