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Outdoor Learning

At Leesons Primary School we believe every child should have the opportunity to:

  • Go to a beach
  • Explore a cave
  • Visit a farm or a zoo
  • Visit a Castle
  • Visit a place of worship
  • Visit a Museum or Gallery
  • Go on a residential trip full of outdoor learning experiences
  • Eat in an outdoor environment
  • Take part in team building activities

Learning Outside the Classroom

We are very fortunate to have a wide range of different environments in the school grounds, which we will be developing to ensure we are able to offer rich learning experiences outside of the classroom. Environments include:

  • A large Forest School area
  • Two large playgrounds
  • 2 large fields
  • African Hut and learning area
  • Two separate Trim trail/ Climbing play areas
  • A garden, which will be developed after the building work has been completed

Learning outside the Classroom is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning

It is about getting children out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting, and different experiences to help them learn.

Learning outside the classroom is a tool for teaching and learning which has been proven to raise attainment and achieves, improve behaviour, and improve the engagement of all groups of pupils, including those who are hard to engage inside the classroom environment.

Learning outside the classroom can happen at almost any time and almost anywhere

The ‘places’ where learning happens can have a significant effect on how a child engages with a subject. Learning outside the classroom can happen at almost anytime and almost anywhere- outdoors or indoors; in our school grounds, on the high street, at the local park, at a zoo, by a river, or elsewhere in the world. As an essential way of learning that our children should have access to frequent, continuous, and progressive experiences in the school grounds and on educational visits, and that these experiences should be utilised as a tool for teaching, learning and delivering the curriculum across all subject areas.

At Leesons, the opportunities for learning outside the classroom are currently being developed and will be integrated into our planning for all learners, every week, and all year round. Children will have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom at least once a week. Giving our children the opportunity to raise their attainment, boost their social, emotional, and physical development, as well as their health and well-being.

Our Aims:

  • To raise the profile of Outdoor Learning
  • To deliver an organised and structured outdoor programme to compliment the National Curriculum
  • To empower children to take ownership of their own learning
  • To develop staff skills in delivering Outdoor Learning
  • To provide a safe and secure environment in which children can take risks
  • To encourage children to respect and care for their environment