The opportunity to develop our learning beyond the classroom walls is integral to our Barnham School values: 'Inspire, Cherish, Believe' and is of key importance to our aim of making learning irresistible at Barnham.
Academic research has shown that learning outside the classroom can significantly enhance learning and achievement. There is strong evidence that learning outside the classroom adds much value to classroom learning. by enriching and deepening understanding through experience.
Evidence shows that learning outside the classroom has the power to:
Thanks to our close ties with the Euston Estate we are incredibly fortunate to be able to enhance our learning through enrichment visits from reception to Year 6. For example, we have studied the features of our local river, planted trees, learned about habitats, discovered how and why carrots can be grown under polythene and have used our maths skills to calculate how much sugar beet can be harvested. We have been given a tour of a site of huge importance to archaeologists by experts from the British Museum. We have enjoyed countless Forest School adventures and enjoyed amazing whole school 'Countryside Weeks.' We have also strengthen our beliefs - and improved our understanding of the beliefs of others - through regular visits to our local church and to visits to the mosque in Cambridge and synagogue in Norwich. Furthermore, we make regular use of opportunities to learn outside by making use of our school fields, outdoor classroom and cabin.
Hedgehogs enjoyed their first trip into Euston woodland where they had the opportunity to explore their surroundings. The children looked at natural habitats, studied trees in the environment and had the chance to build their own dens. So much learning took place and it was wonderful to see each child's confidence flourish.
Take a look at our Woodland Adventure video: