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Learning Outside of the Classroom

Roman Dig

Learning outside the classroom is about raising children's engagement and achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance.


At Curridge School, we believe that meaningful learning occurs when acquiring skills through real life hands-on activities

This is not only about what we learn, but most importantly, how and where we learn. It is about improving children’s understanding, skills, values, personal and social development and can act as a vehicle to develop their capacity and motivation to learn.

We aim to:

  • Provide children with new and exciting experiences that inspire them to reach their true potential.
  • Fully engage children in their education both inside and outside the classroom walls.
  • Build resilience and confidence so children are well prepared for the world beyond the classroom.
  • Improve communication and team work skills.
  • Increase children’s understanding of different social, cultural and religious backgrounds.
  • Release energy and increase fitness through physical activity.

Learning outside the classroom helps children to develop the ability to cope with and experience a wide variety of challenges. It requires them to make informed choices and to understand and take responsibility for the consequences. It leads to a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. Risk and challenge can be provided in all learning outside the classroom contexts – from activities within school grounds, to adventurous expeditions.

The challenges which our children face in many learning activities outside the classroom require the management of risk. Managing risk through appropriate planning, supervision, proper equipment and a regard for other factors such as the weather or the time of day is what contributes to making these activities safe for children while still offering sufficient challenge. These activities not only give children the opportunity to manage risk for themselves, but also provide wonderful opportunities for them to be actively involved in risk management planning.

The Big Garden Bird Watch 25th - 27th January 2020

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