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Outdoor Learning

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At Carlton we know that learning outside the classroom can really make a difference.

Outdoor Learning:

  • increases our children's motivation to learn;
  • develops our seven key learning skills;
  • inspires learning about environmental issues;
  • brings the National Curriculum to life.

As well as using our outdoor areas for activities such as mini-beast hunting and pond-dipping, which help us with our learning in Science, we also develop skills which are more specific to a life outdoors. 

For example:

  • Den Building;
  • Whittling;
  • Knots and Structures;
  • Fire Skills;
  • Caring for the Environment.

We have some fantastic places to learn outside the classroom too.  Our Foundation Unit has an amazingly creative outdoor area with places to create music and places to investigate with flowing water.  Our wildlife area has a wealth of different spaces to learn: an established pond full of all kinds of creatures; a wild bird feeding area; a wildflower meadow; a mini-beast hotel; sensory plants and enough seating for a whole class to sit around the fire pit.  As well as the shelter on the playground, we have plenty of sets of waterproofs so that the British weather doesn't interfere with our learning.