Learning Outside the Classroom
Outdoor Education can provide a dramatic contrast to the indoor classroom. Direct experience outdoors is more motivating and has greater impact and credibility. These experiences generate an enthusiasm for learning which can be carried back to the classroom and have a lasting influence on the development of young people. Outdoor Learning takes place in the natural environments where participants can see, hear, touch and smell the real thing. It also happens in circumstances where actions have real results and consequences.
Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre is committed to the process of outdoor learning. Our activities help develop aspects of personality such as self-confidence, teamwork, motivation and trust. Skills such as problem solving, decision making and communication are enhanced.
In addition we are also able to provide valuable learning opportunities in other areas such as the environment, conservation, navigation, safety, self-sufficiency and leadership. Although our activity programmes are designed to be very challenging, the emphasis is always on learning through enjoyment. We believe that most people learn the most when they are having fun.
Through evaluation we enable every participant to reflect on their achievements and experiences. Participants learn about the outdoors, themselves and each other, whilst also learning outdoor skills. Active learning readily develops the learning skills of enquiry, experiment, feedback, reflection and cooperative learning.
Outcomes for Children and Young People
Programmes and activities will help in the development and well-being of children through;
- Encouraging a healthy lifestyle, promoting physical exercise, fitness and enjoyment of the outdoors.
- Providing safe environments to explore risk, decision making, attitudes, beliefs and values.
- Promoting self-belief, opportunities for personal challenge and offering accredited learning opportunities.
- Supporting volunteering, active participation and raising awareness around social skills the environment and citizenship.
- Assisting in developing independence, coping with change and increasing confidence to make informal choices for their future.