This resource is part of a study looking at what outdoor learning can mean in its widest form, taking the school as the hub from which learning radiates out into the school grounds, the immediate surroundings, the wider town and community, and even the wider world. If we start mapping these into learning environments, the classroom is no longer the only, or always the best place for learning.
The Beechgrove Garden project provided a catalyst for Kirkcudbright Academy’s approach to using the school grounds for learning. In the 14 years since this project, the school has gradually claimed different spaces around the school as spaces for learning used by all curricular areas (planted beds, Remembrance Garden, courtyards, greenhouse, outdoor classroom/gathering space with seating on a raised platform, woodland walk amongst others). The garden project coincided with a review of the schools syllabus. The aim of the review was to maximise the curricular options available to all pupils at a small secondary school. The school adopted a thematic approach to learning and Outdoor Learning became embedded. Pupils are used to seeing staff and pupils outdoors and groups working outside are not a distraction to pupils in overlooking classrooms, as outdoor learning is now a routine experience