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Learning outside the classroom

At Millbrook Primary School we strive to use Learning Outside the Classroom whenever it can help to raise standards of teaching and learning, enrich the curriculum and develop pupils’ life skills.



Learning outside the classroom raises achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance.

It improves pupil’s understanding, skills and values, personal and social development and acts as a vehicle to develop capacity and motivation to learn. In particular:

  •  giving children new and exciting experiences that inspire them to reach their true potential and challenge barriers to social mobility.
  •  increasing self-esteem by re-motivating pupils who do not thrive in the traditional classroom environment by giving them new skills and confidence to take back to their core subjects.


We will do this through:

  1. Educational Visits and Residential trips.
  2. Taking core lessons outside the classroom – into grounds and beyond.
  3. Forest School Provision
  4. Gardening: Food growing and biodiversity
  5. Making links with other schools and community groups to broaden the scope of our outdoor space to build community cohesion, individual responsibility and good practice.


For more information and inspiration visit:

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom: http://www.lotc.org.uk/

Nature Detectives: http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/


Here is a selection of what we do:

Year 3's Visit to Poole's Cavern

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Year One Raccoon Circles

Year Four Racoon Ropes

Year four shaping up!

Year three exploring three dimensional shapes

Year Three learning geometry and problem solving

Fun with 'Racoon Ropes' learning geomerty and problem solving outdoors.