“The best classroom and the only classroom is roofed only by the sky.”
At Ambler, we aim for children to develop a lifelong love of the outdoors alongside a lifelong love of learning. All outdoor learning is planned around the curriculum currently being studied, which gives depth, enrichment and an outdoor perspective for our children.
It particularly builds on skills developed from the Early Years curriculum; as much of this curriculum focuses on learning physically, we intend for outdoor learning to bring these skills into all ages groups within the school. Through outdoor learning pupils will become confident, resilient and determined learners. The children are exposed to natural environments enabling them to gain understanding and respect for the natural world and all that lives within it.
At Ambler, We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. It is our intention that Outdoor Learning can be carried out within all of the curriculum subjects and can be incorporated, as much as possible, into our everyday lessons. Some Outdoor Learning sessions may be taught discretely initially to expose children as to what the key principles of outdoor learning are. Importantly, we want to teach and model to children how our DREAMS values can easily be incorporated into all outdoor learning activities.
The main principles of Outdoor Learning at Ambler are :
We aim to provide children with a wide range of experiences in learning, including learning in a variety of environments. We recognise that many of our children do not get the equal opportunities outside school to experience the outdoors and nature and so want to provide them with as many of those experiences as we can, within school. At Ambler, we are lucky enough to have a woodland playground that children of all ages can enjoy and can be utilised for outdoor learning opportunities. We also have both Finsbury and Gillespie Parks just a quick walk away where children can be taken to learn more about the outdoors. Children also get the opportunity to go on a residential trip in Year 3 giving them a chance to learn in an unfamiliar environment.
By the time children leave our school they will:
Let's make something beautiful together...