Schools should hold more lessons outside, academic study states
Schools should hold more lessons outdoors in order to improve the quality of life for children, despite the unpredictability of the British weather, a new academic study has stated.
Getting the kids outside not only improves their physical health, but also has a positive effect on confidence, social skills and behaviour.
However, the study noted that instead of being a spur of the moment decision made when the weather is nice, the lessons should be formally added into the school timetable.
The report by the University of Plymouth, in partnership with Natural England, also noted that it could be part of the solution to the issue of children not playing outdoors enough.
Unlike previous generations, children today are spending more time indoors due to computer games and health and safety concerns from things such as climbing trees, the study also added.
Speaking of the outdoor learning, Sue Waite, outdoor learning expert and report author from Plymouth University said:
“With so much focus on academic attainment, there can be pressure on teachers to stay in the classroom which means children are missing out on so many experiences that will benefit them throughout their lives.”
Researchers looked at outdoor learning programmes which are already implemented in the UK, as well as those in countries such as Australia, Denmark and Singapore where they are part of the national policy on education.
They found that these outdoor lessons help to generate healthier children both physically and mentally, as well as improving social skills, creating more creative learners and instilling a sense of confidence that so many children were lacking beforehand.
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