The type of outdoor learning undertaken at Yateley Manor is something quite different from ‘outdoor pursuits’. It is not rock-climbing or kayaking. It is about taking the normal everyday curriculum and teaching it outside. The beauty of teaching outdoors is that the children often do not perceive it as ‘learning’ and yet they learn some of their most valuable lessons there. The lack of walls means that they feel less inhibited – both physically and mentally – and it allows them to join up their thinking by applying it in a real-world context.
Our Woodland Learning Area is on school premises, within the safe confines of the school boundary, with no public access. Here in the safety of an area they know well, children can build dens, look for bugs, construct mud art and even start fires under controlled conditions. It is what childhood should be about!