Getting out and about makes school special
Published on: 04 Feb 2015
Blackhorse Primary School is celebrating being the first school in the region to be awarded the Silver ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ quality mark.
A key aspect of the school’s curriculum (which was highly praised by Ofsted in a recent inspection), was the real-world learning initiative which makes trips, visits and visitors a weekly experience for all children at the school - not a once-in-a-blue-moon treat .
Blackhorse’s Learning Outside the Classroom champion and Year 5 teacher, Jon Leeming, explained: “The school has been working on this aspect of our curriculum for about three years, first earning the bronze award two years ago. Every teacher plans weekly activities which get children outside, whether it be to share stories they have written with residents of one of the local care homes, taking the bus into Bristol to one of the museums, taking part in one of the school’s 20 Friday enrichment courses or practising geometry by drawing enormous shapes on the school playground.”
Headteacher Simon Botten believes it has had a very positive impact on learning. “We try to waterproof our children so that they can get outside whatever the weather, rain or shine. The wide range of learning activities outside and around the local community has helped to create the amazing attitudes to learning we see throughout the school which has, in turn, improved children’s academic performance.”
The school plans to continue developing this aspect of the curriculum and hopes to become the first school in the South West to be awarded the Gold Learning outside the Classroom mark within 18 months.