Learners these days spend a lot of time indoors – mainly in front of the TV or computer. During school hours, they are also in the classroom, unable to experience the world outside. This has become an issue for many schools and nurseries that have chosen to take action in school shelters to create an outdoor learning environment.
Use throughout the year
British weather is often blamed for the long hours’ kids spend indoors, with days and sometimes weeks going by when they cannot make the most of the fresh air outside. Shaded outdoor shelters for schools can be used year-round, protecting from the sun’s harmful UV rays as well as rain when things get a little grim.
Learning and playing
Often a change of scenery alone increases children’s attention span along with their drive to learn. Lessons that incorporate a more hands-on approach to students in actions and movements can improve students’ physical health. It will also help them grow with respect for the environment and develop an overall positive attitude to learning to get the most out of their education.
The covered outdoor area will not only provide children with a sheltered space for learning, but it also provides another place where they can play and enjoy their lunch with fellow pupils as well.
Being outside also allows children to observe the strange changes in nature, from colors and temperature to the different seasons. It enables children to hone various skills such as listening and touching when exposed to multiple items that they would not normally engage in within class.
This unique ability to explore their natural surroundings helps them question different things and expand their thinking.
Being outdoors can have a significant impact on one’s mood. This is especially beneficial because it can help children feel comfortable and ready for challenges.
Not only has the use of outdoor school shelters proven to benefit children, but it has also been shown that teachers report a healthier and less stressful experience when taking advantage of the outdoor learning environment.
The future of learning
Many schools have not yet incorporated an external learning environment and have not tested the benefits it can provide to students. This form of learning can be incorporated into almost all types of lessons, and with the correct type of shade sails, it can be used when rain or shine.
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