Outings enrich the education the children receive within the school environment and in the past few years outings have taken place in a wide variety of locations.
As a Reggio Emilia-inspired school, we focus on the use of natural, open-ended materials and believe the environment is the child’s third teacher, alongside parents and educators; so it’s incredibly important to invite the outdoors in and the indoors out. We run a spirited programme of excursions that inspire a huge range of projects and lines of inquiry in our classrooms. Before setting off, the children raised questions as to what they might discover on their visit. They then packed their bags, not forgetting to include their cameras to document their experiences.
The excursion starts by the school’s educators after observing the children’s ongoing interest. A rich dialogue followed the excursion, inspiring the children to create stories – another thread to the project. Children experience a host of benefits by taking the journey from the classroom into the surrounding community. The hands-on approach brings learning to life in an authentic setting, so that learning becomes richer and even more enjoyable. Our educators carry out a pre-visit risk assessment and consider further logistics.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes"