Every teacher knows the importance of encouraging kids to read - but schools aren't always the best place to lose yourself in a book. The school library, while it may have a fantastic collection of volumes available, isn't always a welcoming, comfy reading area. Plastic school chairs can be uncomfortable, and banks of computers and the glare of strip lighting overhead might prevent a child from really getting immersed in a story.
In years gone by, it was common for all kids to spend hours outdoors every day. But, as we all know only too well, things have changed. Playgrounds and parks are disappearing, homework is increasing, and parents are often wary of letting their youngsters out of their sight. While some kids can still enjoy the great outdoors, thanks to groups like Cubs and Brownies, it doesn't seem fair that many children don't get the chance.
“The excitement of outdoor learning that I felt when I was at school comes back to me in floods whenever I head out with my class to our ‘Base Camp’ classroom,” says Bekah, a teacher whose pupils are enjoying the benefits of getting out of the classroom – whatever the weather.
So, quite rightly, you’ve taken a look at the timber buildings available from Cabins For Schools and decided that your school deserves one. Great choice! Having a Cabins For Schools building will make an unimaginable difference to your students’ learning experience and outcomes. You’ve visualised in rich, colourful detail what the extra capacity will bring you, and you’ve maybe even stepped inside of one of the buildings at our Nottingham Show Site and breathed in that spruce scent.
Forest School is seen as a way of life in Scandinavia; a child-centred learning process that offers stimulating activities and holistic opportunities for growth through play, exploration and, often, supported and calculated risk taking. It helps develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in a natural, fresh air setting.
What youngster doesn't dream of a private hideaway, located out in nature and far away from grown-ups' prying eyes? An Arctic Cabin may not whisk children away to a forest adventure, but it gives them the next best thing, and all without leaving the school grounds.
Schools should be more than just a place for kids to sit at desks and memorise facts - but it's not always easy to balance sparking creativity with learning. So maybe it's time to look beyond the classroom. Children respond well to being in different environments, so change their surroundings and you'll open up a whole world of possibilities to them. Young people are deeply influenced by their environment, so it's essential that the space around them reinforces and supports their education and developmental needs to the fullest.