Our Ethos

Great Grounds Education – Our Ethos

Great Grounds prides itself in inspiring children and teachers to enjoy learning outside the classroom. We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.  We have developed a range of workshops that can be delivered in your school grounds or at our own centre of excellence. Our Workshops have a strong emphasis on cross-curricular teaching, providing pupils with subject-specific vocabulary and knowledge that allows them to build links whilst enhancing their learning across other subjects. Our professionally delivered training sessions will enrich your schools’ quality of education with well-planned and presented interactive workshops.

Great Grounds Education – Our Ethos

Great Grounds prides itself in inspiring children and teachers to enjoy learning outside the classroom. We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.  We have developed a range of workshops that can be delivered in your school grounds or at our own centre of excellence. Our Workshops have a strong emphasis on cross-curricular teaching, providing pupils with subject-specific vocabulary and knowledge that allows them to build links whilst enhancing their learning across other subjects. Our professionally delivered training sessions will enrich your schools’ quality of education with well-planned and presented interactive workshops.

‘When properly thought out and conceived, outdoor education allows learners opportunities to develop their learning inside the classroom’ (DfES, 2006). We believe that outdoor learning will offer the most important chance for disengaged pupils or those with poor concentration to find focus through direct and emotionally stimulating experiences.

We pay close attention to the Kolb learning model and experiential learning theory to provide the best learning outcomes for children. Learning is a process of change in an individual and is based on direct experience, It involves action, reflection, abstraction and application. Learning will result in the reflection of direct experience and then the formation of new abstractions and applications. Direct experiences offer the most opportunities for learning and the development of emotional and moral learning. It offers stimulation of numerous senses including touching, seeing hearing and experience. Our workshops utilise as many senses as possible which is important for the synthesis of learning and research has shown this ‘sensory soup’ as the most beneficial learning outcome irrespective of subject matter.

There have been proven social and emotional benefits from learning outside the classroom lasting as little as 10 minutes and there is documented evidence that even a small-time outside can improve cognitive function and concentration. This is also evident in pupils with ADHD and has been found to improved concentration when in or surrounded by a natural environment.

Teachers gain confidence in delivering lessons outside the classroom which can improve their teaching across a number of other areas. To achieve long-term benefits, this interaction needs to be prolonged and therefore, by offering teachers the tools and confidence to continue outdoor work through collaboration, resource sharing and CDP Great Grounds offers a high value and effective package. We achieve this by offering teacher and LSA training in outdoor learning and involving them. Dr Jo Barton said –“we need to make sure that children are exposed to nature because not being is having an impact on their cognitive function, behaviour, health and wellbeing” (Juniper, 2015).

‘When properly thought out and conceived, outdoor education allows learners opportunities to develop their learning inside the classroom’ (DfES, 2006). We believe that outdoor learning will offer the most important chance for disengaged pupils or those with poor concentration to find focus through direct and emotionally stimulating experiences.

We pay close attention to the Kolb learning model and experiential learning theory to provide the best learning outcomes for children. Learning is a process of change in an individual and is based on direct experience. It involves action, reflection, abstraction and application. Learning will result in the reflection of direct experience and then the formation of new abstractions and applications. Direct experiences offer the most opportunities for learning and the development of emotional and moral learning. It offers stimulation of numerous senses including touching, seeing hearing and experience. Our workshops utilise as many senses as possible which is important for the synthesis of learning and research has shown this ‘sensory soup’ as the most beneficial learning outcome irrespective of subject matter.

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There have been proven social and emotional benefits from learning outside the classroom lasting as little as 10 minutes and there is documented evidence that even a small amount of time outside can improve cognitive function and concentration. This is also evident in pupils with ADHD and has been found to improved concentration when in or surrounded by a natural environment.

Teachers gain confidence in delivering lessons outside the classroom which can improve their teaching across a number of other areas. To achieve long-term benefits, this interaction needs to be prolonged and therefore, by offering teachers the tools and confidence to continue outdoor work through collaboration, resource sharing and CDP Great Grounds offers a high value and effective package. We achieve this by offering teacher and LSA training in outdoor learning and involving them. Dr Jo Barton said –“we need to make sure that children are exposed to nature because not being is having an impact on their cognitive function, behaviour, health and wellbeing” (Juniper, 2015).


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Head Office

Tel: 0161 483 1781
Unit 12, Lindsays Ind. Estate
Oakfield Rd, Davenport
Stockport, Cheshire
SK3 8SG

Education Centre

Tel: 01782 48 00 48
Oak Tree Farm
Tickhill Lane

DilhorneStaffordshire 
ST10 2PL