Education Scotland states that:
“The journey through education for any child in Scotland must include opportunities for a series of planned, quality outdoor learning experiences.”
This includes young people with vision impairment, for whom, it is even more vital to experience and explore the real world around them.
For many individuals the traditional methods of teaching can be challenging but as a very active way of engaging with the curriculum, Outdoor Learning motivates and inspires young people to develop confidence within their physical environment, abilities and skills. It also allows teachers a very flexible way of planning using the core values of curriculum design and helps students achieve the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence.
Besides the many soft skills that Outdoor Learning allows young people to develop there are many practical skills, and qualifications that can be achieved. Our young people have had the opportunity to cover habilitation, Science, Literacy, Art and CDT and Health and Wellbeing outcomes through the project we are currently working on. With Senior Phase pupils we are also working towards an SQA unit Independent Living Skills: Taking Part in Outdoor Activities at National 2 level.
Safety is paramount when introducing young people to the outdoors and can be a daunting prospect when faced with the additional challenge of a sight impairment. However, with the right support and planning Outdoor Learning can be a fun and accessible way of accessing the curriculum. (see Appendix 1)
Outdoor Learning programme - SQA National 2 Independent Living Skills: Taking Part in Outdoor Activities