What is Outdoor Journeys?

Outdoor Journeys is an approach that enables pupils to learn about the people and place in which they live. By planning and undertaking local journeys, pupils are able to learn across the curriculum in a manner that is active, holistic and contextualised.

We hope that school teachers will consider using the Outdoor Journeys framework and resources, as a means of “bringing curricula alive” by taking learning outdoors. It involves three phases that can be repeated over and over:


The Outdoor Journeys approach was designed specifically to address critiques of outdoor learning practice while demonstrating that teachers’ perceived barriers to taking pupils outdoors can effectively be overcome.

It is possible to deliver regular, low cost, meaningful, cross-curricula outdoor learning within the constraints of conventional schooling. No expert staff, special equipment, and expensive buses are needed.

Over the last five years, students from Primary 1 to PGDE have experienced Outdoor Journeys, and CPD has been delivered to hundreds of teachers in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Singapore.