What is Outdoor Learning?

Outdoor Learning is all about discovery, experimentation, learning about and connecting to the natural world, as well as engaging in environmental and adventure activities. This can encompass everything from outdoor play in the early years to school projects, environmental, recreational and adventure activities, personal and social development programmes and expeditions later in a pupil’s journey through Scarisbrick Hall School.


Our Outdoor Learning provides a dramatic contrast to the indoor classroom, which can be highly impactful and motivating for all learners. This teaches children that learning can take place anywhere and everywhere. Our Outdoor Learning also helps to foster a child’s lifelong curiosity, interest and respect for the natural world around them, as well as promoting resilience, risk-taking and self-confidence.


Nursery to First School


We encourage all of our pupils to explore the outdoor environment in a safe environment from their very first day at Scarisbrick Hall School to the moment they leave for pastures new.


With 50 acres of verdant woodland and parkland as their classroom, and four qualified Forest School practitioners, our youngest pupils are encouraged to explore their natural surroundings through specialist learning sessions and structured play. Individualised outdoor learning opportunities abound throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), including Pre School and onto the first rung of the school ladder in First School.


Middle School to Sixth Form


By the time pupils reach Middle School in Years 5-8, our Beyond the Classroom programme of co-curricular activities provides exciting opportunities to embrace our RIVER learning philosophy of Resilience, Independence, Value, Exploration and Reflection in outdoor settings further afield. Whether it be skiing in Austria or scaling peaks in the Lake District, pupils are encouraged to fully embrace the spirit of exploration.


In Years 9-11, our College pupils can nurture their adventurous streak further. Among the many expeditions and adventures available to them, students have the opportunity to embark on international excursions to a range of fascinating destinations, such as Italy and Iceland. They can also take part in the character building expeditions afforded to pupils who choose to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.


Pupils of our award-winning Sixth Form can further their outdoor learning experiences by taking part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. They can be part of our Global Citizen trip, which provides a fantastic opportunity to travel even further afield to engage with different communities and environments. Previous expeditions have seen pupils explore the beautiful landscapes and cultures of Thailand and Laos. For more information about our Outdoor Learning at Scarisbrick Hall School and to arrange a personal tour, please contact Mrs Walmsley, our Head of Admissions on 01704 842240 or walmsleys@scarisbrickhallschool.co.uk.


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