Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning

Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor LearningOutdoor Learning is an approach to learning which can be incorporated at appropriate times into every area of the curriculum across all sectors. SAPOE has worked closely with the Scottish Government and Education Scotland to ensure that support for Outdoor Learning is meaningful, appropriate and progressive.

Our vision for outdoor learning in Scotland is that:

• All children and young people are participating in a range of progressive and creative outdoor learning experiences which are clearly part of the curriculum

• Schools and centres are providing regular, frequent, enjoyable and challenging opportunities for all children and young people to learn outdoors throughout their school career and beyond

• Teachers and educators embed outdoor learning in the curriculum so that learning in the outdoor environment becomes a reality for all children and young people

In 2010 Curriculum for Excellence was implemented in all schools across Scotland. As part of this the document Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning was published to support teachers and practitioners to enhance learning experiences for pupils.

Curriculum for Excellence offers opportunities for all children and young people to enjoy first-hand experience outdoors, whether within the school grounds, in urban greenspaces, in Scotland’s countryside or in wilder environments. Such experiences inspire passion, motivating our children and young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Further information on Curriculum for Excellence and the related Outdoor Learning support materials can be found on the National Improvement Hub.