Learning outside the classroom
Learning outside the classroom is embedded into the Curriculum at Brooklands. Outdoor learning at our on-site forest, exploring the local area and participating in school trips and visits all provide rich and exciting experiences for our pupils. We believe that outdoor learning helps to promotepupils’ safety and raise attainment, whilst allowing pupils’ confidence to grow in a safe and engaging environment.
What does Learning Outside the Classroom look like at Brooklands?
- Pond dipping and bug hunts in our pond area
- Music and drama performances on our outdoor stage
- Growing fruits and vegetables for us to taste in our Jubilee Garden
- Using tools to build bug houses and objects from wood
- Visits from storytellers and animal sanctuaries
- Den building and team challenges at Forest School
- Residential trips in Years 5 and 6
- Toasting marshmallows on open fires and making hot chocolate
- Exploring light and shade in our Geology Garden
As a Forest School our curriculum features regular to the local forest. This experience is incredibly exciting and allows our children to learn outside the classroom. We also have an onsite forest at the school in addition to an engaging wildlife area.
As a Beach School our children also experience regular visits to a local beach.
Learning outside the classroom is important for us at Brooklands and in delivering this aspect of the curriculum we are fortunate to have a large amount of outdoor space which includes a sports field, outdoor swimming poor and outdoor performance area.