St James CE Primary Learning Outside the Classroom Policy (LOtC)
Educational visits and learning outside the classroom are an integral part of life at St James CE Primary. We believe that all children have the right to experience the unique and special nature of being outdoors, irrespective of their circumstances or ability. LOrC must be part of our broad and balanced curriculum so that children have first-hand experiences and the opportunity to take part in activities outside the classroom. We believe that this is in accord with our school vision: that every child should experience life in all its fullness (John 10:10).
What is Learning Outside the Classroom? ‘Learning Outside the Classroom is about raising achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance. This is not only about what we learn but importantly how and where we learn.’ (DfES Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto 2006).
Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning. It is about getting children and young people out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.
Benefits of Learning Outside the Classroom:
- It helps to ensure that children are successful learners, enabling children to develop knowledge and skills in ways that add value to their everyday learning experiences.
- It contributes towards creating independent learners with high self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
- It can have a positive impact upon children’s behaviour.
- It contributes towards the promotion and children’s understanding of the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle.
- It nurtures communication skills, team work and sense of cohesion.
- To empower children to take ownership of their learning.
- To encourage children to develop the skills to solve problems, developing resilient and reflective learners
- To develop skills of communication, cooperation and collaborative learning.
- To provide a challenging, safe and secure environment within which children can take and manage risks.
- To encourage children to care for their school environment and the wider environment beyond.