Bayford gains award for learning!

Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd… I know my sheep and my sheep know me.’ John 10.14

We have received news from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom that we have received a silver benchmarking award for the learning outside the classroom work that we do at school. This is an award that we have been working towards for a couple of years and recognises our strong commitment to providing frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom experiences to all of our pupils.

Learning outside the classroom is not just the forest school activities that the children take part in each half-term with Tim from TWiGS, but also encompasses any work beyond the walls of the classroom. For example, where the opportunity presents itself, teachers take children into different parts of the school grounds, and further afield, to deliver lessons from the whole curriculum e.g. science, maths & English. In fact any lesson can take place outside. It also includes residential trips, trips to museums, zoos, religious buildings etc. as well as times when we have people come into school to deliver areas of the curriculum for us e.g. dance workshops, history experiences, faith visitors etc.

“Being recognised for this work is something I am very proud of as I know that children learn best when outside and I know from speaking to many of you, that your children enjoy these activities. All the staff at school have worked incredibly hard to achieve the award and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for all that they have done.”

Dr Malcom Foster, Headteacher

Our silver benchmarking award lasts for two years, so over the next 24 months, we will be doing all we can to ensure our next application results in a gold award!