Outdoor activities form an important part of children’s education. They enhance Curriculum work and promote the personal and social development of young children as well as contributing to their understanding of particular areas of learning, subjects and topics.
Here at Broadmeadow we aim to give children regular opportunities to use community facilities to extend and consolidate their learning. These include visiting local and town shops, museums and art galleries, the park and visits to nature centres.
With educational visits we aim to:
- Provide opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and skills by learning through experience and direct investigation
- Provide motivation by making the work of the curriculum more interesting
- Help children develop their social skills e.g. relationships with others, self-esteem, self-confidence, personal competence and leadership
- Provide opportunities for adventure and exploration
- Provide opportunities for practical, enquiry-based learning
- Provide physical challenge
- Help children develop responsible attitudes to the environment, to the places they visit, to others who use them and to those who live and work there
- Help children develop an awareness of the dangers and potential hazards to be found in particular environments and outdoor activities and to take steps to minimise them
- Ensure that all staff involved in educational visits are aware of the strict guidelines which exist to ensure the safety of both themselves and the children in their care
- Support volunteers following the Educational Visits/Forest School module.