OFSTED graded 'Good' October 2019. "Bayford is a lively, friendly place to learn. Pupils are polite, helpful and caring.

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Learning Outside the Classroom

Our LOtC mission statement:

At Bayford Primary School, Learning Outside the Classroom contributes to the development of the whole child. It is our mission to encourage our children to:-

  • Explore outside and make connections with all aspects of their learning
  • Ask and answer questions of the natural world, reaching their own conclusions
  • Show care and respect for the outdoor environment
  • Be inspired and motivated by the wonder of the great outdoors
Benefits

We believe that Learning Outside the Classroom can supplement and enrich the curriculum of our school.

All Learning Outside the Classroom experiences serve an educational purpose, enhancing and enriching the curriculum and our children’s learning. Outdoor learning brings the benefits of formal and informal education together and reinforces learning through real-life, practical or hands-on activities.

There are many benefits to Learning Outside the Classroom for all our children, including those with Special Educational Needs, such as:

  • Consolidating learning through real life, practical activities
  • Aiding transition to new places and situations
  • Increasing motivation and willingness to learn
  • Developing confidence and self-awareness
  • Developing social and communication skills
  • Meeting different challenges and becoming more independent
  • Demonstrating achievement – through displays and presentations

Work that takes place outside of the classroom can provide a very powerful means of developing learning in all curriculum areas, increasing the likelihood of increased attainment. Therefore, we are committed to providing fully inclusive,  frequent, progressive outdoor learning opportunities for our children. 

Curriculum links

Opportunities for teaching outdoors across the whole curriculum are created where possible. These opportunities are shown on our medium-term planning documents. All Learning Outside the Classroom activities take place during curriculum time. In addition to outdoor learning opportunities embedded into our curriculum subjects, stand alone outdoor learning opportunities are provided, this includes:

  • Half-termly forest school (TWiGS) sessions for all classes
  • Working with music and sporting professionals, both on and off-site
  • Maintaining and developing close working links within the local community e.g. our parish church or local landowners
  • Providing the opportunities for termly trips to support and enhance in-school learning
    Annual residential trips

We believe that learning outside the classroom can provide the most memorable learning experiences, providing children with greater independence, physical competence and developing their language and understanding of the world in which we live. Whilst learning outside the classroom, children are able to develop their social and leadership skills and demonstrate more involvement in their learning, this in turn can have a positive impact on attainment and progress across the curriculum.