Challenge, enjoyment, relevance, depth, development of the whole person and an adventurous approach to learning are at the core of outdoor pedagogy. The outdoor environment encourages staff and students to see each other in a different light, building positive relationships and improving self-awareness and understanding of others.

Spending time away from the home environment gives children and young people opportunities to develop:

  • confidence, by living more independently and making their own decisions
  • resilience, by having individual and group ownership for learning, community living and sharing free time
  • a sense of adventure, by exploring new places and new environments
  • an appreciation of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through physical activity
  • a chance to reflect on experiences and learning.

In order to maximise the benefits of residential experiences, careful planning and preparation, including work undertaken with children and young people before and after the residential experience, is key to the relevance, coherence, breadth and depth of learning.


Taken from Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning
© Learning and Teaching Scotland 2010
ISBN 978-184399-180-9