Learning that is fun, active and creative is many times more likely to engage a child and embed the lesson aims. As the well known saying goes: 'Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.' We embrace this philosophy across the curriculum at St George’s School for Girls and further, understand the other multiple benefits of taking lessons outside.
The benefits of outdoor learning for children go way beyond merely that of education – and beyond the realms of us just teaching them. Outdoor learning encompasses the wellbeing of the whole child and offers them experiences that they will draw upon time and again throughout their lives. At St George’s, we are committed to helping our pupils on this journey and getting the best start to leading a happy, healthy and enriching lifestyle.
- Increases physical health – physical exercise in the fresh air of the outdoors is a vital element in enabling a child’s body to develop and grow and is the key to solving so many of the health problems that we face today. Benefits include: building muscle, strengthening bones, improving digestion, bolstering the immune system, facilitating sleep, helping the body to heal, increasing endorphins and increasing energy levels, to name but a few.
- Develops personal and social communication skills – these are essential life skills, which aim to equip every child for wherever their future takes them: teamwork, negotiation, mediation, compromise, problem solving, respect, co-operation. Outside the confines of the classroom, children are far more likely to turn to each other to help complete a task or solve a problem than to seek the teacher’s assistance.