At Ditcham Park School we are privileged to have the countryside on our doorstep. We are able to go outside of the classroom to enhance and enrich our learning in all aspects of the curriculum. Different outdoor learning experiences offer opportunities for the development of personal and learning skills along with development in areas such as communication, problem solving, ICT, working with others and thinking skills. Children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, as a result, an increase in their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm and emotional well-being.
In English, there are opportunities to explore different texts: the spoken word, poetry, maps, play scripts, timetables and instructions. In Mathematics there are opportunities to measure distances, amounts, and angles, to work out ratios and proportion, and to calculate bearings and journey times. In science, pupils are able to collect, analyse and categorise what they find in nature. In ICT they can record their findings through video, photo and data handling. Pupils have the ability to create their own art outdoors, in the style of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, through the stimulus of a visit to a sculpture park, or as a starting point for a piece of creative writing. History lessons are enhanced by the outdoor space enabling the children to experience life in a similar way to that of our ancestors. Map reading skills can be enhanced in geography, and the quiet spaces provide a wonderful atmosphere for group discussion and story-telling.