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Support our call for outdoor learning
Support our call for outdoor learningMarie Williamson2021-05-24T16:39:38+01:00
Thank you for writing to your school!
You can use the wording below to create your own unique letter or email, with the option to add in your own words if you want to. If you’re a student, this version of the letter is designed for you. If you’re no longer in school, but still want to voice your support, have a look at this suggested wording.
We’d love to know what you say to your school, and if they reply to you – keep us in the loop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell your school that you want to learn more outdoors!
Here’s some suggested wording for writing to your school about outdoor learning. You can make changes and add your own thoughts when you write your letter – it will be a more powerful message if your school hears from you in your own words.
Dear _ [Add headteacher’s name]
I’m writing to you today about outdoor learning. As a young person and student at your school, I believe that I could really benefit from spending more time learning in and about nature.
There are lots of positives to taking classes outdoors and connecting with nature. It boosts our wellbeing, confidence, skills, and grades – even in subjects that aren’t related to the natural world. And it’s not just students who benefit – time spent outdoors has a positive impact on our teachers too! After so much time away from school during lockdown, outdoor lessons would be a great way to reconnect with classes.
[You could add your own words here about how being in nature makes you feel – maybe you find it helps you to relax, and makes it easier to concentrate?]
Our Bright Future, a programme led by The Wildlife Trusts, is calling for children to spend more time learning in and about nature. Their website has lots of information about the benefits of outdoor learning, and has inspiring videos of outdoor lesson ideas – find out more here.
[If you’ve got ideas for the sort of outdoor lessons you’d like to have, make sure you suggest them!]
Please make sure students like me are able to spend at least an hour each day learning in and about nature – on Outdoor Classroom Day and throughout the year!
No longer in school? You can still voice your support for outdoor learning!
Here’s some suggested wording for writing to your local school(s) about outdoor learning. You can make changes and add your own thoughts when you write your letter – if you’ve seen first hand the positive effects of learning in and about nature, please include your experience!
Dear _ [Add school/headteacher’s name]
I am/we are writing to you today about outdoor learning. As a…. [Whether you’re from a project that works with young people, a parent or maybe a teacher, introduce yourself and your interest in/experience of outdoor learning]
Spending time in nature is proven to have myriad positive impacts on children, including:
improved health and wellbeing – both physical and mental
greater confidence and resilience
better concentration, and higher educational attainment
enhanced communication skills and improved relationships with classmates and teachers
[If applicable, do add your own experience of how time spent outdoors has benefitted children you know or work with]
As pupils readjust to face-to-face study after a year of lockdowns, outdoor learning has the potential to revitalise education. At the same time, it can make an invaluable contribution to healing the damage the pandemic has done to young people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
Our Bright Future, a programme led by The Wildlife Trusts, is calling for children to spend at least an hour of lesson time per day outdoors. Resources, including ideas for outdoor lessons in various subjects, can be found on the Our Bright Future website.
[If you have resources and suggestions of your own, please consider including them if you can]
I/we hope the above helps you to support your students to spend at least an hour each day learning in and about nature – on Outdoor Classroom Day and throughout the year.