Outdoor Learning

Pilrig Park School has an extensive outdoor education programme that is embedded into the school’s approach to curriculum for excellence.

All pupils’ from BGE to the senior phase have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the outdoors by visiting a range of different natural environments.

The aims of the Outdoor Learning Programme, through these experiences are to inspire passion and motivate pupils’ to become successful learners and allow them to develop as healthy, confident, enterprising and responsible citizens.

Another key aim of the programme is to develop young people’s awareness of health and safety in the outdoors. The core values of Curriculum for Excellence echo the key concepts of outdoor learning: challenge, enjoyment, relevance, depth, development of the whole person.

Outdoor learning offers many opportunities for learners to deepen and contextualise their understanding within curriculum areas, and for linking learning across the curriculum in different contexts and at all levels.

Outdoor Learning is delivered through a variety of ways for example in Social Studies visits are often linked with curricular work undertaken in the classroom. There are many opportunities for pupils’ to attain certification and awards for example; the school has a well-established Duke of Edinburgh programme where pupils’ work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

First and Second year pupils have the opportunity to take part in JASS awards.

In the senior phase, pupils can work towards achieving National 1 Award in Personal Achievement by exploring the Outdoors.

The Friday Options Health and Wellbeing programme enables learnings to experience the outdoors.

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