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Learning Outside the Classroom

 At North Downs Primary, we believe that all children have the right to experience the unique and special nature of being outdoors. We feel that it is important to enable children to use the outside environment as a context for learning. Research shows that children learn best through real life experiences.

Taking learning beyond the classroom walls makes learning more memorable and appeals to different learning styles.

We have the National Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Bronze Mark and are thrilled to have official recognition for our efforts. We have been building on this award and are now in the process of applying for the Silver Mark.

We are very fortunate to have such lovely school grounds situated in beautiful villages and place a huge emphasis on learning outside the classroom. We are always seeking to use our grounds creatively, developing areas into outdoor learning spaces for classes to use. For example, we currently have a project to create a Sensory Garden at the Brockham site, using an area of land at the front of the School.