Educational Visits Policy
Storth CE Primary School recognises the positive outcomes associated with Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) and believes that every young person should experience this essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
LOTC to be governed by these procedures is defined as: “any occasion where young people engage in activities beyond the boundaries of this setting”.
Our rationale is that such learning often makes the most memorable learning experiences and helps young people make sense of the world by linking feelings and learning. These experiences stay with them into adulthood and affect behaviour, lifestyle and work. They influence their values and the decisions they make and develop an individual’s ability to transfer skills from outside to the classroom and vice versa.
When we provide learning outside the classroom, our intended outcomes seek to ensure that our pupils:
1. enjoy participating and reflecting in outdoor activities and adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure;
2. are enhancing their overall well-being by gaining personal confidence and developing character and resilience through taking on challenges, experiencing valuable failures, and achieving success;
3. are developing their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others;
4. are becoming alive to the natural local and global environment and understand the importance of conservation and sustainable development;
5. are acquiring and developing a range of skills in outdoor activities, fieldwork, exploration, journeys and expeditions;
6. are demonstrating increased initiative and innovation, enthusiasm, curiosity, self-reliance, responsibility, perseverance, tenacity and commitment;
7. are developing and extending their key skills of communication, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, leadership and cooperation;
8. are learning to appreciate the benefits of physical activity and the lifelong value of participation in healthy leisure activities and reflection;
9. are displaying an increased motivation and appetite for self-directed learning that is contributing to raised levels of attainment in other aspects of their development, as well as becoming concerned, responsible and fulfilled citizens;
10. are broadening their horizons and becoming open to a wider range of employment opportunities and life chances.
Giving young people responsibility for achieving these outcomes helps them to learn from their successes and failures.
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