What is Outdoor Learning?
Defining Outdoor Learning through the Australian Curriculum
Outdoor learning engages students in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings, and this typically takes place beyond the school classroom. In these environments, students develop the skills and understandings to move safely and competently while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting the sustainable use of these environments.
What are the benefits of Outdoor Learning for students?
Having students engage in Outdoor Learning has been shown to provide many benefits across schooling, as noted in the Australian Curriculum. Students can gain unique and specific benefits from outdoor learning, including skills and understandings while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting sustainable use of these environments.
List of resources:
Primary Teacher Resources
Outdoors Victoria has developed 16 Toolkits for Primary Teachers, where readers are presented with an introduction to Outdoor Learning and more than 180 activities across 13 subject areas. The Toolkits include links to the Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening strands to help connect these learnings to the National Curriculum.
Secondary Teacher Resources
Integrate your subject teaching into an accessible learning format for your students in the beautiful outdoors. 3 toolkits are available for Secondary Teachers, including one for Geography and another for PE teachers, and an intro to Outdoor Learning. More to come soon.