Children aren't meant to sit at a desk for hours on end - they need to move, they need space and they need unstructured spaces and activities for creative learning and spontaneous play.
Outdoor learning boosts confidence, social skills, communication, motivation, physical skills, knowledge and understanding. It has also been found to boost children's self-esteem, self-confidence, ability to work cooperatively and positive attitude to learning.
These benefits are in addition to the many health benefits of spending time outdoors - developing good physical fitness, as well as helping aid in critical development such as stability, bone density, muscle development, immunity and even eyesight.
We take the children out in all weather conditions (except strong winds); there is no such thing as bad weather and the children learn to celebrate the ever-changing environment and the magic of the seasons.
As the children progress through the school, their use and enjoyment of our glorious grounds does not diminish - and they are allowed to explore further afield in their break times. Many lessons are taken outdoors and very few children can be found indoors when he sun is shining.
We couldn't envisage a childhood without plenty of outdoor immersion, and here at Moor Park, that childhood is one complete with muddy knees, collections of natural treasures in pockets and a pair of wellies to hand.
Our outdoor, wooden stage provides a fantastic performance area outside the confines of the classroom. Children love the sense of freedom that this offers, leaving them feel less inhibited and inspiring their imaginations - which in turn improves voice projection, posture and confidence.
Our outdoor theatre can be used for class performances, rehearsals and Speech and Drama lessons from Year 1-8. Weather permitting, the Year 3 play is held outdoors.
Our purpose-built, wooden outdoor classroom situated by the lake provides a dedicated space for outdoor learning in all weathers. Whether the children listen to the raindrops drumming on the roof or prop the doors and windows open to hear birdsong, this is a classroom they all want to spend time in.
Of course, many lessons take place outside without the need for the outdoor classroom - whether it be learning how to read map references and a compass, reading under a tree, exploring the water cycle, creating natural art - or just escaping the walls to find inspiration in nature.
During the Summer Term in Year 4 and Year 5 our pupils enjoy a camp-out in the school grounds. A much-anticipated adventure, this offers a fun, bonding experience for the children, who relish the freedom and excitement of sleeping 'under the elements'.
In Year 6 and Year 7 the children spend two nights under canvas at The Great Escape, an action-packed trip that includes a ropes adventure course, navigation exercises and the longest zip-line in the UK.
In Year 8 the action steps up even further, with a residential trip to an adventure centre in Wales, where the children have the time of their lives, taking on physical challenges such as rafting and climbing.