Soundscape – promoting outdoor learning

With the support of Awards for All, we are sponsoring a pilot project to take primary school children from two schools in Hounslow, situated under or close to the Heathrow flight path, on visits to nearby countryside. The visits will be facilitated by two teachers with expertise in encouraging children to engage with the natural world. The UK education curriculum requires schools to deliver learning to primary school children not just in the classroom but beyond it, yet children in some areas have little access to the sights and sounds of the natural world. For children whose schools are affected by aircraft noise, outdoor learning can be very difficult. The potential benefit of this approach was recognised in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper, and the project aims to gather evidence from staff, pupils and parents on the value of these trips, as well as the ability to offer the scheme to other schools in the future.