New boost for South Yorkshire schools to get pupils outside the classroom

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Primary and secondary schools in South Yorkshire can now benefit from a range of exciting outdoor learning opportunities with Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, thanks to valuable funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The activities, which range from outdoor learning ‘taster’ workshops to ‘Wild PE’ lessons, aim to reach those schools with little or no experience of outdoor learning and bring the benefits of contact with the natural world to the children who need it most.

The opportunities on offer include:

  • 25 free ‘Introduction to Outdoor Learning’ workshops to give primary school teachers and pupils with little or no experience of outdoor learning a chance to get outside the classroom
  • One eight-week ‘Transition Forest School’ to give 15 Y6 pupils with additional pastoral needs a chance to bond in the run-up to secondary school
  • A ‘Wild PE’ travel bursary to support one primary school (Key Stage 2) and one secondary school class to take on our ‘Wild PE’ challenge at the Greno Woods obstacle course
  • 20 subsidised places on a Forest School Level One course, to help educators become confident outdoor learning practitioners
  • A travel bursary fund to help primary and secondary schools access outdoor learning opportunities

In addition to hands-on learning experiences, schools are being invited to take part in the Trust’s new outdoor learning network for educators, which aims to inspire teachers to take learning outdoors by providing them with expert advice and resources.

Pupils visiting the Trust’s flagship outdoor learning site in the heart of Greno Woods will also benefit from a range of school-friendly improvements including toilets and an outdoor classroom. Both of these opportunities have been made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Chris Smith, the Trust’s outdoor learning team lead, has welcomed the funding:

“Teachers often ask for our help to get pupils learning outside the classroom, so we are delighted to have secured this valuable funding. We can’t wait to help even more children in South Yorkshire start their own exciting journeys into the great outdoors

“We know that more than 90% of teachers believe that outdoor learning improves pupils’ engagement with learning, and we hope this funding will help schools see first hand the power of the outdoor classroom!”

For more information about the opportunities on offer, click here or contact our outdoor learning team on 0114 263 4335 or email schools@wildsheffield.com

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