Outdoor Learning

‘Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards and improving pupils ‘personal, social and emotional development’.

                               (Council for learning Outside the Classroom 2015)

At Severn View Academy we value the wide ranging multi sensory opportunities that learning outside the classroom provides.  Outdoor Learning is widely known to encourage children to think for themselves, make their own decisions, develop intuition and build self esteem.

At Severn View we ensure that children are given opportunities to experience and process emotions through fun, thought provoking and engaging explorative activities outside.  Along with integrated class activities (such as our annual potato growing competition), and small group Outdoor Interventions, children can choose to come along to Gardening Club at lunch time and Forest School activities on Fantastic Friday afternoons. The positive impact on children’s wellbeing, self confidence and readiness to learn is a real benefit that we see in our children as they grow and develop through these first hand experiences.

Our Outdoor Learning reaches out to our community and extends beyond the school grounds; we can sometimes be seen walking to nearby woods, holding whole school events such as hedge tree planting or sharing picnics with friends and families in our orchard. We especially like to visit places of interest such as local orchards and farms.

We are extremely proud to have raised funds to buy our very own Bio Dome – the only school in Gloucestershire to have on site this amazing resource where we can be found planting tending or harvesting vegetables all year round. Not only are we able to grow for our school kitchen but also learn about sustainable and ecological practices of growing food preparing children for knowledge and skills that will stretch beyond their school years.