At The Polygon School we have a strong belief in providing learning beyond the classroom and learning from our surroundings. Learning does not need to always take place within the classroom. We encourage our pupils to get out into the fresh air to help improve their physical development, mental health and well-being. Although we don’t have a very large outdoor space, this is our second year of running outdoor learning and we are working hard to provide opportunities for our boys on site as well as out in our local community; this includes organising visits The New Forest which is right on our doorstep.
Our outdoor learning curriculum is bespoke for each year group and individual needs. Its aim is to provide a valuable hand on experience that allows each student to explore new environments, have new experiences, play and challenge themselves to overcome personal barriers.
Outdoor learning is a broad term used which includes:
The programme may include physical challenges such as kayaking, sailing, climbing and hiking to less physically challenging activities such as photography, den building, fire lighting and basic cookery. The direct experience each pupil has is more motivating which has more impact and credibility and can lead to breakthroughs in learning.
All experiences at The Polygon School are well planned and safely managed and personalised for each class group in order for them to have a positive experience so they can: