Promoting everyday outdoor learning

Trailblazer is an exciting outdoor learning resource for young people of all ages, in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, the Isle of Wight and West Berkshire.

With training, activities and resources and experience sharing opportunities, Trailblazer supports you to embed curriculum teaching outside using your school grounds.

Now with updated activities and resources.

Trailblazer Activities

Trailblazer Co-ordinator Resources

Willow play house

Using the Outdoors to Support Your National Curriculum Delivery

Opportunities for outdoor learning exist within and across all curriculum areas. This 1-day practical hands-on course is for anyone with an interest in developing these outdoor learning opportunities either as a regular structured part of the school curriculum or as a way of delivering elements of the National Curriculum. It will help you make the most of your school grounds or local area, using low cost or existing school resources.

You will explore how to use the outdoors as a learning environment, gain an understanding of ways of managing risk outdoors, understand class / group management outdoors and how to embed outdoor learning in your practice and to enhance and deliver your whole school’s curriculum.

It will also include a practical fire-lighting session where we will look at the knowledge and practical skills required to light and manage a single campfire in a school setting, including your responsibilities and class management, risk management (including what needs to go on EVOLVE), as well as having something tasty to eat!

You will leave with the tools to enable you to plan and deliver high quality learning opportunities outside the classroom as well as access to a bank of Trailblazer learning resources and signposting to other useful websites and resources.

Date of our next open training days:

Tuesday 30 April 2024 - Stubbington Study Centre, PO14 2ND

Cost £115 SLA (£155 non-SLA) per delegate.

We can also run this as a bespoke course for your school staff on your school grounds at a cost of £700 with SLA, for up to 20 staff (£1000 non SLA).

Complete the form to book a bespoke course

Why Trailblazer?

Active and outdoor learning increases motivation and engagement in young people and can add value to teaching and learning across all areas of curriculum.

With the 2019 Ofsted Inspection Framework focusing on the breadth of a school's curriculum offer, Trailblazer can support you in providing exciting outdoor learning as a regular structured part of your curriculum, making the most of your school grounds or local area.

Recent quotes from Ofsted about Outdoor Learning in Hampshire Schools.

Supports personal development

Children climbing wall
It has a very positive effect on the behaviour of those who find classroom life difficult.

Makes Learning Fun

Boys using hoop for maths
Teachers plan a curriculum that makes learning fun. They use a variety of resources, including the outdoors, to grab the pupils' attention.

Promotes Curiosity

Children pond dipping
Pupils thoroughly enjoy school. They are curious and interested to find things out. Pupils learn to manage risks safely. For example, they explore and talk enthusiastically about pond dipping and climbing trees.

Develop Life Skills

Children digging
Pupils enjoy fantastic opportunities inside and outside classrooms. They learn many of the skills they will need later in life.

Promotes Physical Development

Boy in cornfield
Outdoor learning promotes children's physical development well....Children are inquisitive and want to learn. This is because staff instil a thirst for learning and curiosity.