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Outdoor Learning

At Dymchurch, outdoor learning is an integral part of all areas of the curriculum, playing a key role in enabling teachers to plan a broad and balanced curriculum.  We are lucky enough to have large outside learning areas with our local beach, our large playing fields and surrounding wildlife areas to explore.  We also have our forest trim trail area and our vegetable beds to care for.


Outdoor education is vital in promoting children’s health and well-being and provides ways to develop their education beyond that offered in the classroom. As children increasingly spend more time in an electronic world, we want to help our pupils develop a love and excitement for being outdoors and learning about the world in which they live. Learning outdoors provides children with opportunities for risk and challenge, for hands-on exploration and for learning to care for their local environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Within traditional curriculum subjects it offers opportunities for problem solving in maths, stimulus for writing, speaking and listening in English, first hand investigation in science and geography, and a wealth of creative and expressive activities in art. The joy and inspiration of learning outdoors promotes inclusion for all; those children who may find the more formal areas of the curriculum difficult to access have opportunities to shine beyond the classroom.


At Dymchurch, the children are lucky enough to learn within an amazing natural resource, allowing teachers to plan inspiring outdoor activities all year round.