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Outside The Classroom


As part of the school’s commitment to providing a special curriculum, all children have access to the outdoor learning area during their time at Courtlands.

Tell me, I’ll forget
Show me, I’ll remember
Involve me, I’ll understand.

Chinese proverb

There are four significant headings that underpin each week’s activities and focus; Working with Others; Improving Learning and Performance; Solving Problems; Planning and Thinking Skills. These are then supported by the school’s overriding termly themes of Health and Wellbeing, Living in the wider world and Relationships.

Using our school grounds as our outdoor classroom provides a multi-sensory and multi-faceted environment ‘by exploring their grounds … they develop a sense of place, and learn to value and take ownership of their grounds’ (Council for Learning outside the Classroom, School grounds,2008).  To stimulate, challenge, excite and inspire young people to engage in the world beyond the classroom, we believe in giving children responsibility in activities within LOtC increases understanding and their ability to deal with independence.