At The Hermitage we value the importance of nature and utilising the outside. As such, Outdoor Learning is a key aspect of our ethos and we are constantly striving to improve our provision for all pupils.
All teachers at the school are committed to improving their own teaching practice, including any teaching which takes place outside, and are offered frequent opportunities to improve their delivery. We have a dedicated team of teachers who oversee Outdoor Learning and the outdoor environment, to ensure it is constantly evolving in line with the schools commitment to a balanced and varied curriculum, in order to offer pupils access to a wide array of learning opportunities.
The use of our diverse outdoor spaces makes a major contribution to physical and environmental education as well as enhancing many other curriculum areas. It contributes to personal growth and social awareness and helps to develop skills for life and the wider world. Qualities such as a sense of responsibility and a purpose in life are nurtured, as well as a strong focus on learning how to manage risks and take on new challenges. There is also a great deal of intrinsic enjoyment and satisfaction to be experienced from participation in outdoor activities.
Children at The Hermitage can expect to engage with the Outdoor Environment in a range of ways; through dedicated Outdoor Learning lessons, curriculum delivery utilising the ample outdoor space, adventurous activities at playtimes and through the provision of several off-site visits and residential trips.