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Learning Outside the Classroom

Introduction:
At Holy Innocents the importance of a varied and relevant curriculum is recognised. We believe that learning should be enjoyable and that children should be active in their learning. As part of a broad and balanced curriculum, learning outside the classroom (LOtC) plays an important part in ensuring that learning experiences are varied and relevant. LOtC at Holy Innocents involves the use of the school and its grounds, as well as providing access to a range of locations, venues and experiences through the range of educational visits and trips on offer. We believe that these experiences should be frequent and progressive, across all areas of the curriculum and that all children should have access to LOtC. 

We believe in offering a wider range of ‘enrichment activities’ to support, develop and extend our curriculum through our Enrichment Passports.  Where children experience a range of activities that take learning beyond the National Curriculum and the classroom.   

Aims
Through the range of LOtC offered, we aim to ensure that children –
• Experience – a range of experiences, frequent and progressive
• Develop confidence, self-awareness and skills (e.g. responsibility for self and others,
working in a team, leadership, communication, problem solving)
• Learn new ideas, facts and concepts in a real world context
• Grow through challenge and become more independent
• Demonstrate achievement – through awards, school/setting displays and school events
• Increase motivation and willingness to learn – contributing to raised levels of attainment
• Broaden horizons and raise aspiration – believing they can achieve

Achievement of these aims will be supported through –

1. Planning high-quality provision of Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) experiences
2. Ensuring that all age groups receive a wide range of experiences and activities
3. Recognising different learning styles and taking into consideration the fact that some
learners learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world
around them.
4. Providing frequent activities which allow for progression in both experiences and learning
5. Involving children in shaping their learning, for example through input into and review and
evaluation of LOtC

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