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Learning Outside the Classroom
Learning Outside the Classroom Kite Mark
We achieved our Silver level. Below is some background on the value behind outdoor learning, more information is available on the Learning Outside the Classroom website.
· Research shows that children learn best through real life experiences. Taking learning beyond the classroom walls makes learning more memorable and appeals to different learning styles. 99% of teachers say that students are more animated and engaged when learning outside the classroom (Opinion Matters survey on behalf of TUI Education Division, 2010).
· Learning outside the classroom supports improved standards back INSIDE the classroom, raising attainment, reducing truancy and improving discipline.
· Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards & improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development. It also contributes to the quality and depth of learning (OFSTED, Learning Outside the Classroom - How far should you go? 2008).
· Learning outside the classroom enables children to interact in new ways with their peers and adults, improving relationships between teachers and pupils, particularly with those students who are hard to reach in the classroom environment.
· Learning outside the classroom is effective in delivering learning outcomes across all areas of the curriculum including literacy, numeracy, science, history, geography and IT and has the most impact when opportunities to learn outside the classroom are frequent, continuous and progressive.
· OFSTED says that learning outside the classroom is crucial to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum (response to Select Committee review Education Outside the Classroom, October 2010).