Visiting Carronvale Woods
'If we want to educate children for the world outside, then we have to allow them to get out and experience reality at first hand. Educational researchers agree that children need to go out more and learn about the world outside.' Falkirk Council (2013)
In the years ahead, we will see much more learning taking place outwith the walls of nursery and primaty schools. The core values of Curriculum for Excellence resonate with the concepts of Outdoor Learning. Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years, states "Children have such wonderful and creative imaginations and we need to do all we can to encourage them to learn through exploration and adventurous activities that incorporate an element of risk and especially in the outdoors."
Outdoor Education has many proven benefits for children. Some of these include:
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
- Personal and Social Developemnt
- Physical Activity
- Working with others in a group
- Problem solving
- Thinking skills etc......
Children require a means of testing themselves (and their abilities) in a physical manner, which is impossible to do so indoors.
We will offer children the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. They will be able to explore, climb, get wet, get muddy, get dirty, acquire new outdoor skills, learn about animals, bugs, birds, vegetation and (more importantly) learn about themsleves.
The children will be allowed to get close to nature, to play freely in wild places and gain an appreciation (and understanding) of their natural environemnt. Different outdoor learning experiences will offer opportunitites for personal and learning skills development in areas such as communication, problem solving, information technology, working with others and thinking skills.
Why not take a look at the fun we had .........