Learning Outside the Classroom
What benefits will my child get from Learning Outside the Classroom?
Learning Outside the Classroom supports the holistic development of the whole child:
Each Learning Outside the Classroom programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children/young people grow in confidence, skills and understanding.
The ethos of Learning Outside the Classroom allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experiences. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children/young people in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating.
Where will my child will be going?
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by an area of outstanding beauty that lends itself to Learning Outside the Classroom teaching approaches. We will be visiting sites around Whitby, as well as using our school grounds and the local area. All sites are safe; they are thoroughly risk assessed and managed appropriately by school staff.
What will my child be doing?
Your child will be experiencing a wide variety of multi-sensory experiences within the natural environment. The sessions will run in all weather conditions (unless weather conditions are dangerous).
The child led ethos of Learning Outside the Classroom means that once at the site the children can choose what to participate in, carefully supported and encouraged by trained adults.
Possible activities may include:
Sessions are planned around the individual’s and group’s needs, and built upon each week. The earlier sessions will concentrate on safety; establishing boundaries and routines. As the children develop in confidence and familiarity with the environment the sessions focus on the development and consolidation of skills and understanding.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of all participants is central to everything done within a Learning Outside the Classroom programme. Some of the activities the children may participate in are ‘higher-risk activities’ (such as campfire cooking or tool use). However, these activities are not available to the children until certain behaviours and boundaries are established. Children are encouraged and supported in recognising and managing risk for themselves, through real life situations and experiences.