Learning outdoors is a statutory right for all children in the Foundation Stage. At Barons Court we extend that opportunity to Phase 2, 3 and Phase 4 pupils. Outdoor Learning is about children building self-esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world. The ethos of Outdoor Learning 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 in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating.
'This is the best kind of classroom,
Where the seasons don't happen in books
Where the learning is watching and thinking and talking
And everyone notices, everyone looks.'
From 'The Best Kind of Classroom' by Ian MacMillan
What Ofsted says about Outdoor Learning:
'The first-hand experiences of learning outside the classroom can help to make subjects more vivid and interesting for pupils and enhance their understanding. It can also contribute significantly to pupil's personal, social and emotional development.' 2009
Barons Court gets National Award for Learning Outside the Classroom
Our Eco-Council have also been working extremely hard, along with all the other pupils and staff and we have become the first school in Southend-on-Sea to pick up the prestigious National Learning Outside the Classroom Mark (Silver). To receive the national accolade the school has had to show a strong commitment to providing frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom (LOtC) to all of its pupils. Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom the mark accredits those schools that have policies in place to ensure that high quality LOtC is available to all pupils across all areas of the curriculum to benefit their learning and personal development.
Throughout the year all children make repeated visits to Westcliff Beach.
The visits provide opportunities for:
What your child needs for Beach Day: