Outdoor learning for children on the autistic spectrum
Brooklands School in Reigate is a specialist school for children aged 2-11 years old with a range of severe physical and developmental disabilities, and has recently completed work on a new outdoor classroom. The space will be used primarily to benefit those students on the autistic spectrum and provide them with a stimulating learning environment that can be used year round.
Outdoor learning has been proven to be extremely beneficial to children on the autistic spectrum. The natural learning environment promotes improved behaviour and emotional regulation, allowing the children to better access the curriculum. It facilitates more spontaneous communication, enabling staff to tailor activities to keep the children motivated. Easy access to outdoor space also allows the children to have frequent movement breaks to help them stay focused and give children who need it a break from sensory overload.
The school are seeing daily examples of all the anticipated benefits and the children are thoroughly enjoying their new facility!
The Peter Harrison Foundation provided a grant of £20,000 towards the construction of the classroom.