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Outdoor Learning Vision

At Carlton, outdoor learning is an integral part of the curriculum. It is used to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that provides a wide range of exciting opportunities, which will stimulate the mind, provoke questions and develop good oracy skills, provide opportunities for deeper thinking and encourage independent learning.

The outdoor area provides staff and pupils with an inspirational environment that promotes an enriched learning experience.

All children in school access the outdoor from Nursery to Year 6. Children in Foundation stage have daily access to the outdoor learning environment to help them develop both physically and mentally. All year groups have access to the outdoor area to enhance all areas of the curriculum.

For example: in science looking at habitats in the wildlife area, in maths using the positive and negative number line to count along in jumps and using natural resources to produce art work. Forest school is also used to enrich the curriculum.

Carlton staff plan outdoor lessons into the curriculum and use the outdoor environment as an extension of the indoor classroom. 

Our main aim for the wildlife area is to give teachers a resource to enhance learning whilst giving children the knowledge and enthusiasm to get back in touch with nature.


At Carlton we are keen to nurture children who will be inspired to look after the world around them, learn to take risks and develop a love for nature

At Carlton we know that learning outside the classroom can really make a difference.

Outdoor Learning:

  • increases our children's motivation to learn;
  • develops our seven key learning skills;
  • inspires learning about environmental issues;
  • brings the National Curriculum to life.

As well as using our outdoor areas for activities such as mini-beast hunting and pond-dipping, which help us with our learning in Science, we also develop skills which are more specific to a life outdoors. 

For example:

  • Den Building;
  • Whittling;
  • Knots and Structures;
  • Fire Skills;
  • Caring for the Environment.

We have some fantastic places to learn outside the classroom too.  Our Foundation Unit has an amazingly creative outdoor area with places to create music and places to investigate with flowing water.  Our wildlife area has a wealth of different spaces to learn: an established pond full of all kinds of creatures; a wild bird feeding area; a wildflower meadow; a mini-beast hotel; sensory plants and enough seating for a whole class to sit around the fire pit.  As well as the shelter on the playground, we have plenty of sets of waterproofs so that the British weather doesn't interfere with our learning.