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Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning Experiences at Barons Court for all of our pupils

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Outdoor Learning at Barons Court for all of our families

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Outdoor Learning

 

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 our Outdoor Learning provision (March 2017):

'Adults help pupils develop skills beyond those expected for their age. The provision in the outdoor curriculum is highly effective in helping pupils develop personally and academically.'

 

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.

 
   

 

Beach Days

Throughout the year all children make repeated visits to Westcliff Beach.

The visits provide opportunities for:

  • Exploration, creativity, problem solving and developing independence.
  • The assessment of risks and developing resilience.
  • Essential immersion in the natural environment.
  • Development of an awareness of the local area.

What your child needs for Beach Day:

  • Wellies.
  • Spare socks (to go inside wellies).
  • Spare trousers or tights.
  • Bottle of water.
  • During cold weather it is vital they have gloves and a warm hat, during hot weather they need a sun hat.

              

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