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Wordsworth Primary School

Wordsworth

Primary School

Successful Outdoor Education Programme in Primary Schools

As a school that is committed to Outdoor Learning we were very pleased to host and support Helena Bird in her dissertation entitled 'Characteristics Underpinning Successful Outdoor Education Programmes in Primary Schools. We attach her finished dissertation and the executive summary.

Our commitment to ensuring our children can relate to the natural world is led by Steve Bowles, who works as our Environmental Tutor full time on Thursday and Friday every week. Steve works across the school from Yr R to Yr 6 with careful graded activities starting with bug hotels, bulb planting and digging for worms through to teaching survival techniques including shelter building and the lighting and cooking on open fires. In between there is pond dipping, bird song and tree identification and many other activities besides! Every year group works outdoors with Steve and their teaching team once every half term all day on a Friday on topic related activities. The construction of our outdoor classroom last year is a further commitment to our passion for environmental learning.

 

With mounting concern nationally and internationally around climate change, environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity Wordsworth is pleased to show due leadership and vision in this area and in conjunction with Southampton university and Hawthorns Centre we are setting up a network of like-minded schools in Southampton to actively promote our work.

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