Four Purposes of the New Curriculum Outdoors

Image taken from ‘Successful Futures’

The four purposes of the new curriculum are to support our children and young people to be:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full
    part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
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In November 2017 a training day, including workshops and group discussion, explored how the Four Purposes of the New Curriculum for Wales (as outlined in Successful Futures) can be embedded effectively through taking learning outdoors.

Countributors included:

  • Steven Richards-Downes – Deputy Head of Education, Pembrokeshire County Council
  • Simon Thomas – Headteacher of Lamphey CP
  • Louise John Headteacher of Hook CP
  • Liz Western – Healthy Schools
  • Kiri Howell – Eco Schools
  • Tom Bean – Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
  • Matthew Freeman – Sport Pembrokeshire
  • Augusta Lewis – Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools Coordinator

The day was hosted at by the Field Studies Council at Orielton Field Studies Centre near Pembroke. Topics covered included how outdoor activity can build resilience and promote health and wellbeing. Participants explored a range of ways that the Four Purposes could be linked to outdoor environments and activities that included problem-solving, team work and communication, managed risk and challenge.

See below for some of the presentations from the day.

Why take the Four Purposes Outdoors?

Embedding the Four Purposes

Four Purposes Outdoor Schools activities

Curriculum Updates

Healthy Confident Individuals

Ethical and Informed Citizens

Follow the link to see pictures from the event in our Gallery