Prince George and Princess Charlotte are going to learn some awesome outdoors skills at school very soon

By Zach Harper

By the time they’re eight years old, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will know how to start a fire outdoors and will also be able to carve wood thanks to a new curriculum at Thomas’s Battersea.

The Cambridge children will have every one in five lessons outdoors as part of an “Outdoor Education” class, according to The Sunday Times. Thomas’s website says the curriculum revamp is meant to give “children unique opportunities and experiences that cannot be taught within the constraints of their everyday education and surroundings.”

Thomas’s has been working with The Exploration Society, an organization that runs camps and expeditions for children along with curriculum-linked learning for schools. It’s also royally-approved, since the group receives the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for their work.

Kate checks out the stream in her Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May. Photo: © Yui Mok/AFP via Getty Images

The new curriculum kicks off at Thomas’s in 2020, and Duchess Kate will likely be thrilled that her children have an opportunity to participate in it and receive these lessons. As part of her work on Early Years with The Royal Foundation, the Duchess of Cambridge has spoken frequently about the importance of spending time outdoors and how it can help children’s mental health, creativity and learning.

Kate created the Back to Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year to encourage children to do just that. George, Charlotte and Prince Louis were seen running through the Chelsea Flower Show garden, playing on its swings and dipping their feet in the pond that had been installed in it. A similar garden now has a permanent home at the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

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It's been a big week for George and Charlotte. Not only did they celebrate Christmas, but they made their debuts with the rest of the Royal Family on the walk to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day. The siblings looked adorable, with George in a navy blue ensemble and Charlotte in an emerald green Amaia coat. She matched her mom, who wore a similar green fascinator and carried a green clutch.

Following Boxing Day, the Cambridge family were due to head to Bucklebury to spend time with Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. Kate and Prince William are likely looking forward to seeing the duchess's siblings, Pippa and James, since the trip will probably involve wedding planning for James and his fiancée, Alizee Thevenet. George and Charlotte, who are still on winter break from school, are then reported to be going on a ski trip with their parents, which sounds like an awesome way to ring in the new year!

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