At Andrews Lane learning experiences are not just confined to the classroom, but are also inspired by and taught in the great outdoors, making good use of our unique environment. We have access to a large outdoor area and we have spent the last few years creating a wild woodland area within our site. Teachers are enthusiastic about using the outside environment and we have taken to heart the fun, stimulation and recognised learning benefits of practical learning outside the four walls of the classroom.
"When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributes significantly to raising standards and improving pupils' personal development." OfSTED 2008
Within our woodland area we have a covered clearing where children can shelter and use as a base when learning outside.
In the words of one Year 2 pupil: "I love our lessons outside. I learn so much when we go outside. I especially liked cooking on an open fire."
By extending our teaching outdoors we create opportunities for children to develop a wider understanding of their capabilities and skills. It also allows us to develop and extend the skills the children have learnt in the classroom, such as discovering a variety of habitats and creatures in Science and using a mathematical equation to discover the ages of the trees in our school grounds. We learn about the environment and area in which we live. In fact, activities undertaken outdoors at Andrews Lane provide direct and relevant experiences which deepen and enrich learning.
Outdoor Learning Gallery