Singapore University of Social Sciences

Outdoor Learning for Children

Outdoor Learning for Children (ECE507)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Outdoor learning is important as the natural environment provides opportunities for children to learn. Outdoor learning also provides children with a sense of wonder and discovery as they explore, create and construct meaning from their interactions with the environment. Outdoors provide the diversity in play spaces and experiences that develop not only healthy bodies and minds, but also creativity, physical, social and emotional skills, and the sense of adventure and independence. ECE507 Outdoor Learning for Children provides students with theoretical perspectives, historical and international contexts and approaches of outdoor learning for the early, preschool and primary years. Apart from the various contexts and approaches, it will also encompass Forest Schools and its relationship to outdoor learning. Educators with strong commitment to enhance children’s learning, will be encouraged to extend their view of education from beyond the classroom to the great outdoors.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Theoretical perspectives on learning outside the classroom
  • Philosophy and approaches to outdoor learning
  • Historical and international contexts
  • Contextualising Forest School
  • Forest Schools and outdoor learning for children
  • Connecting with nature: Natural outdoor playscapes
  • Outdoor learning and pedagogies
  • An integrated approach to outdoor learning
  • Outdoor learning in the early years: Management and innovation
  • Children learning outside the classroom: The preschool years
  • Learning outside the classroom across the curriculum for primary aged children
  • Playscapes and adventure playgrounds

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise theories of outdoor learning
  • Compare approaches to outdoor learning
  • Evaluate the processes in developing and implementing outdoor learning
  • Design comprehensive frameworks that guide outdoor learning for children
  • Plan engaging activities in outdoor learning to support children’s holistic development
  • Formulate appropriate strategies for outdoor learning for children
  • Create innovative approaches for outdoor learning
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