Teachers offered new skills to take traditional classroom learning outside

Youngsters in and around Bicester will soon benefit from a programme designed to take everyday learning outside.

Published: Tuesday, 8th October 2019

Funded by Healthy Bicester and run by outdoor training specialists Muddy Feet, the free course is designed to inspire and give teachers of Key Stage One and Two the skills to teach curriculum-based subjects, including maths, English and science, in the natural environment.

Seven schools are taking part in the sessions, introducing a range of activities, all using low-cost natural resources which can be found on most school grounds. They will be taught how to conduct the lessons, reflect on them, as well as be able to assess the relevant risks involved. The accredited course is recognised by the Institute of Outdoor Learning.

Cherwell District Council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Andrew McHugh said: “Classroom based activities have their place, but children do their best learning when they are truly engaged with the subject. Moving everyday learning outside not only makes it more relevant, it also offers the opportunity to have more fun!”

The project supports new additions to the Ofsted framework, giving greater focus on personal development, behaviour, welfare and mental health.

The schools taking part in the scheme include: Bardwell School; Gagle Brook Primary School; St Edburg’s School; Finmere Church of England Primary School; Fringford Primary School; Heyford Park Free School and Southwold Primary and Nursery School.

The sessions began at OYAP’S Studi02 last week and conclude this Thursday (10 October).