Learning outdoors is a statutory right for all children in the Early Years 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 achieves a National Gold Award for Learning Outside the Classroom
Our Eco-Council have been working extremely hard, along with all the other pupils and staff and we were proud to achieve the prestigious National Learning Outside the Classroom Mark (Gold) in November 2017. 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.
The assessor commented that we are ‘A very committed LOtC school evidencing good practice and sharing this with other schools. LOtC is embedded in the daily curriculum and is a very natural and everyday tool to deliver the wider school curriculum. Staff and pupils enjoy going outdoors and there are very impressive outdoor learning areas enabling the curriculum to be delivered where staff decide how learning can be best achieved. Specific beach and forest school areas offer a great LOtC resource which is utilised throughout the Key Stages.’
Barons Court achieves a Green Flag Award as an Eco School
In February 2020 our school successfully achieved our Green Flag award by the Eco-School council. This award recognises the schools investment in environmental education and the assessor who visited our school was very impressed by the children's knowledge and understanding of the work of the Eco Council across our school, ensuring a whole school commitment to this important work. This is our sixth Eco School Green Flag and we are proud to be recognised for our hard work and commitment in environmental action and learning.
Throughout the year all children make repeated visits to Westcliff Beach.
The visits provide opportunities for:
What your child needs for Beach Day:
Our Residential Experiences
At Barons Court we are committed to providing residential experiences for all children from Year 2 to Year 6. These residentials take place annually for all pupils and include valuable experiences for children both on our school site and within the wider context of natural environments. All of the residential experiences are designed to give children an immersive and inspirational outdoor experience. Children receive a high quality mix of creative, challenging and practical skills which are designed to compliment their in school learning experiences. Through the wide range of outdoor experiences, bushcraft, nature studies and forest school experiences our children enjoy a range of fun and active days and evenings.