Researchers say children should be doing more learning outdoors. The researchers say children spend too much time sitting in classrooms to pass exams. They say outdoor learning is important for social skills, health and development. It also increases their quality of life. There have been five important reports that stress the need for students to learn outdoors and experience nature. The researchers say that schools are not taking the advice of these reports. Outdoor learning is on the decline. The researchers want to put outdoor learning on the curriculum of all schools.
The researchers say there are many benefits of outdoor learning for children. One advantage is that it builds confidence in children. They experience things that were normal for their parents, like climbing trees. It also makes children more aware of the environment and teaches them to respect nature. There are also health benefits. Children exercise more instead of sitting in classrooms or being at home with video games. Another benefit is that it helps with the problem of 'stranger danger'. Many children in the UK today grow up hearing about this.