outdoor education

Outdoor Education

The only source of knowledge is experience   

Albert Einstein

 

The outdoor education programme is a fundamental part of the Cambridge Steiner School’s curriculum. It is in line with the ethos of the school where experiential learning outdoors is considered to be a vital part of the education and healthy development of children.

Experiential Learning and Expeditions

In outdoor classroom lessons, the children engage in experiential learning in connection with a subject they study in the classroom. This includes both humanities subjects, such as geography and history, and the natural sciences, including geology, physics, chemistry, the study of nature and astronomy. The children undertake field trips with the purpose of exploring the geography and the geology of an area, for example. To prepare for the trip the children learn expedition skills such as camping, fire making and outdoor cooking, navigation and weather forecasting. They learn how to organise field trips, including arranging equipment, food and funding, and in this way develop their organisational skills. Children learn how to keep themselves and each other safe while developing a sense of a healthy risk-taking. During expedition children further develop their personal and social skills and learn leadership and soft skills. The physical activities outdoors and connection with nature create a positive-self-image, develops confidence and leads to self-discovery.  

Bushcraft and Nature Connection

Through Bushcraft, the children learn skills such as shelter building, fire lighting, cooking outdoors, lashing and how to use different natural materials to make containers and boxes. They study natural navigation and learn how to navigate using a map and compass. This gives them confidence in living outdoors and prepares them for undertaking field trips and expeditions. Through activities such as foraging and tracking, children develop their sensory awareness, such as sight, hearing, taste, smell and balance, connect to nature and develop a deep respect and love for the natural world around them. They are challenged both mentally and physically, contributing to healthy development and a sense of wellbeing.  

Crafts

Through Bushcraft, the children learn skills such as shelter building, fire lighting, cooking outdoors, lashing and how to use different natural materials to make containers and boxes. They study natural navigation and learn how to navigate using a map and compass. This gives them confidence in living outdoors and prepares them for undertaking field trips and expeditions. Through activities such as foraging and tracking, children develop their sensory awareness, such as sight, hearing, taste, smell and balance, connect to nature and develop a deep respect and love for the natural world around them. They are challenged both mentally and physically, contributing to healthy development and a sense of wellbeing.