Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning

A photo of a young boy in a red jacket sitting under a tree with twigs and branches and gazing up into the canopy

Curriculum for Excellence offers opportunities for all children and young people to enjoy first-hand experience outdoors, whether within the school grounds, in urban green spaces, in Scotland’s countryside or in wilder environments.

Such experiences inspire passion, motivating our children and young people to become successful learners and to develop as healthy, confident, enterprising and responsible citizens.

The core values of Curriculum for Excellence echo the key concepts of outdoor learning: challenge, enjoyment, relevance, depth, development of the whole person and an adventurous approach to learning.

Explore how your school or centre can deliver Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning:

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Scottish Government ministerial introduction

In this video Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, introduces 'Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning'.

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Curriculum for Excellence through outdoor learning

Peter Kormylo, Area Advisor at Education Scotland, explains the changes taking place under Curriculum for Excellence and highlights the needs to take learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

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Supporting materials

Experiences and outcomes guides for outdoor learning

These coded guides help practitioners identify where learning outdoors is most appropriate and valuable.