At Larkholme

OAL (Outdoor Adventurous Learning) is a unique method of Outdoor Education that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem, respect, responsibility, resilience, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.

This fully supports our School Ethos: “To ensure that children become confident, life-long learners with high aspirations and a determination to succeed in all they do. In addition, we want to support children to develop as responsible citizens who are keen to make a positive contribution to their wider community.

Enhancement of Children’s Learning

Outdoor learning should be intertwined with the classroom delivery of the curriculum. Our OAL curriculum will enhance children’s learning within the National Curriculum as well as develop skills outside of the main curriculum, including: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

Why Outdoors?

Evidence shows that giving children the opportunity to discover, learn about and experience the natural world is hugely important. It can impact on:

•Engagement in learning and academic achievement

•Better motor skills and increased levels of physical activity

•Improved mental health and wellbeing

•Improvement in behaviour and attendance rates

•Fostering pride, belonging and involvement in the community

Click here for our outdoor learning journey so far

The Curriculum in Action

We look to make natural links between the National Curriculum and outdoor learning to promote opportunities for pre learning and stick knowledge. As well as teaching our pupils skills they will be able to use throughout their lives. Through our outdoor curriculum we are raising aspirations for our pupils.




PSHE and Wellbeing


Design Technology


First Aid

Outdoor Learning Skills

Staff training

We all enjoyed our training session with Fiona from Leaning Through Landscapes.


Sharing our good practice with other professionals


It was great learning how to match outdoor learning up with the National Curriculum

I learnt a lot about how to incorporate outdoor learning into different subjects of the National Curriculum

I am going to speak to my mentor about how we can build this into our summer curriculum.