UK schools - the growing trend of outdoor learning


The days of being sat in a stuffy classroom all day are long behind us. Today schools are obligated to include a minimum amount of outdoor play and learning outdoors. This has seen the emergence in unique outdoor learning areas.

The classroom arc provides a beautiful, unique outdoor classroom for UK schools. Insulated for all year round use, schools and other organisations such as the National trust, have welcomed these innovative outdoors classrooms.

One of our first customers to buy our outdoor classroom was Renfrew High School in Scotland. They needed an outdoor classroom for their eco garden. On a tight budget, the school opted for a classroom arc without insulation and with canvas ends.

The children enjoyed building their own outdoor classroom, benefiting from hands on experience in woodwork and construction. They also felt a strong ownership of their outdoor learning space after they had worked as a team to build it themselves.

Once the classroom arc was ready for use, the children began to really enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning. Here are some of their comments:

"It's motivating as it is a treat"
"Very calm and peaceful. If it's a science lesson it would be nice to see what you are learning about in it's habitat"
"It's a a lot of fun being next to nature and not being cooped up in a classroom"
"It's quiet and has really nice scenery"
"Because of the fresh air it's less stuffy. It's more fun outside with nature. It's stimulating because of the calm."
"It will be beneficial to our learning as it is a more fun, more relaxed and nicer experience."
"Because you get fresh air"
"You can have fresh air and it doesn't get all stuffy. That makes you lose concentration"

We have since built arcs for UK schools according to their needs and budgets. Take a look at our classroom arcs on our website or contact Kelly on 07935 008 420 / kelly@alfrescoarch.com.

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