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Outdoor Learning

At Rakegate Primary school, we believe Outdoor Learning offers a valuable context for learning. We endeavour to take learning outdoors, whenever possible, to enhance and enrich learning

opportunities across the whole curriculum. Outdoor learning can have a positive impact on engagement and behaviour as the children will be more active and motivated in their learning.

Rakegate Vision for Outdoor Learning
  • Pupils will regularly take part in outdoor learning in lessons across the curriculum

  • Curriculum links offer real life hands-on experiences to help pupils make connections

  • Opportunities are provided for pupils to take on a challenge and to manage risk

  • Pupils will develop an understanding of nature and showing care and respect for our local environment


Outdoor learning enables our pupils to develop skills in teamwork and communication through collaborative learning. It promotes personal, social and emotional wellbeing, developing self-confidence and raising self-esteem.


The benefits of outdoor learning will have a positive impact on pupils in many ways;

  • Developing resilience

  • Fostering emotional literacy

  • Building cooperation skills

  • Developing social and leadership skills

  • Encouraging self-awareness

  • Developing imagination and creativity


In addition, all classes will have the opportunity to take part in some sessions of outdoor learning where the children can learn some specific outdoor skills. These sessions, in the woodland area, offer a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and developing their skills for lifelong learning. We will provide a safe area to explore and investigate, where the children can direct their own learning.

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