Educational opportunities from outdoor learning as children begin the primary curriculum

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Briefing Report on educational opportunities from outdoor learning as children begin the primary curriculum:

During the Foundation Stage, children have many opportunities to learn outside as the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance promotes a play-based pedagogy both indoors and outdoors.

As children move into statutory schooling at age 5 or 6, their educational experiences are guided by the requirements of the national curriculum. Opportunities to learn experientially outside become restricted as increasingly teacher-directed lessons focus on prescribed learning outcomes.

Within this curricular context, our research asked, how and in what ways does being outside extend play-based learning into the primary years? Can outdoor play and learning opportunities support learning in the period of transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1?

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