Outdoor Learning

    Over the past five years we have worked hard to maximise the outdoor environment at Markeaton so that children have the opportunity to:

    • Connect with the natural world; 
    • Deliver first hand experiences of life and growth; 
    • Explore endless opportunities for creativity and imagination; 
    • Improve fitness and physical development. 

    We have a large green field, a Forest School area with outdoor shelter and firepit (plus three Forest School trained members of staff - click on the links below for more info), a pond/conservation area, a sensory path and garden, an allotment, a trim trail and a calved log relxation zone - plus lots of other designated spaces!  The chldren also have a pair of wellies in school 24/7 so they can be outside, no matter what the weather is!

    There are clear health benefits associated with outdoor learning. Children need daily exercise, vigorous enough to get them out of breath with their hearts and lungs working hard. With this focus, we will ensure that through tailored forest learning activities and other outdoor learning opportunities, such as foraging and den building, these needs will be more than met every day. 

    Exercise also improves children's emotional health, allowing for relaxation and calmness and a heightened sense of well-being.  It can provide opportunities for independent learning, building confidence, resilience and self-esteem.

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