In just a matter of days your summer adventurers shall return, or even start school for the very first time. However just because they are "back to school" doesn’t mean that they have to go back to the classroom. You might that think the first day back isn’t the time to take children outside, however there are lots of good reasons why outdoor learning can be beneficial for the return to school. 1) First Day Nerves It’s been proven that outdoor learning enhances a number of mental aspects within children, one being confidence. The first day of school or even returning to education after 6 weeks away can be a daunting prospect for children, however outdoor learning is fantastic for children’s confidence and social awareness – nerves can be put to rest! 2) Exciting Lesson Plans Maths and Science doesn’t have to stay inside. There are so many opportunities to involve your students within outdoor learning. It could be as simple as collecting natural items to count with or using leaves as word cards, the choice is up to you! 3) Rain? What rain? Over the last few weeks England has been treated some seriously hot and sunny weather; the back to school period could be no different, and may even remain warm until the end of September…and if it does rain, that really isn’t a problem! Bring out the wellies and waterproofs! Our Originals range is awesome for outdoor education, and was created with fellow outdoor enthusiasts and their pupils in mind – the range will even keep them warm in the colder months! 4) Creativity Perhaps your children are due to begin a new lesson, or take on a new challenge they haven’t uncounted before. Outdoor activity is brilliant for supporting children’s problem-solving skills, it even nurtures their creativity, which can open opportunities for developing their imagination further. 5) Environment and Skills For many children, being outdoors throughout their early years may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations. This is essential for school starters! We’re sure that you teachers reading this will be ready, prepped and organised with lesson plans and activities for the new term. But it might not be too late, perhaps you can join the increasing number of schools taking a step outside?