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At the heart of our school ethos is the belief in experiential learning as a powerful motivator for learning. For us, this is an ideal way to engage the children and staff in active, hands-on learning, integrating curricular goals with practical and consequential real-life experiences.

As part of this process we make sure that the children have regular opportunities to experience and take part in a wide range of activities and events within the wider community and linked to their learning inside the classroom. The children are engaged and motivated by these experiences and learn in ways that would not be possible through more traditional approaches. As one child summed it up during an outdoor learning experience, "I'm learning all this stuff and I'm not even at school today".

Year 1 children explore the plants and wildlife found
around the school as part of Science Day

Children watch the Olympic flame come through the
town as part of the school's Olympic topic.

Reception children have a visit from the local police station to find
out more about what policemen do as part of their
'People that help us' topic.

Year 2 children learn about African culture and music in
a series of drumming workshops

Year 1 children explore the beach as part of their
learning about Victorians and our town.

Children find out what job a fire person does.