What is LOtC? Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning. It is about getting children and young people out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.
Learning outside the classroom is a tool for teaching and learning which has been proven to raise attainment and achievement, improve behaviour and improve the engagement of all groups of pupils, including those who are hard to engage inside the classroom environment.
The ‘places’ where learning happens can have a significant effect on how a young person engages with a subject or an idea. Learning outside the classroom can happen at almost any time and almost anywhere – outdoors or indoors: in the school grounds, on the high street, in the local park, in museums and art galleries, on mountain tops and rivers, in Britain’s remote places, or elsewhere in the world.
At Alban Wood, we believe that young people should have access to frequent, continuous and progressive experiences in the school grounds, educational visits further afield and residentials, and that these experiences should be used for teaching, learning and delivering the curriculum across all subject areas.
(Definition courtesy of the Council For Learning Outside the Classroom)
Benefits of Learning Outside the Classroom:
• Opportunities for challenge, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection
• Children can behave differently: a quiet child might be more talkative outside
• The multi-sensory experience outdoors helps children to retain knowledge more effectively
• A greater range of multi-sensory experiences
• Positive risk taking
• Being able to transfer and apply skills
• Problem solving
• Growth mindset
At Alban Wood we make full use of our outdoor environment for learning opportunities in all subject areas as well as inviting in visitors to share knowledge and broaden the pupils’ outlook. We also use our local environment and provide class of year group trips off site further afield, culminating in a residential visit for Year 6 at the start of their final year in Primary school. We believe that all of these aspects of Learning Outside the Classroom are an integral part of the children’s education.