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Learning Outside the Classroom

Picture 1 Residential in France
Picture 2 Camp fire
Picture 3 Residential in France
Picture 4 Using the Prayer Garden
Picture 5 Cooking
Picture 6 Sport in Diary Field
"Learning outside the classroom is not some optional extra...Trips and getting out of the classroom should be part and parcel of school life"
Ed Balls (Education Secretary)
"Out of classroom learning makes a unique contribution to a child’s education and offers many benefits to them, not least developing a sense of place and wonder for the world around them "
Barry Sheeman MP, Chairman of the Education and Skills Select Committee

As a school we have been working towards our Bronze 'Learning Outside the Classroom' Accreditation. We are submitting our application this term and are looking forward to being assessed soon.

At Sundridge and Brasted, we know that our children learn best when lessons are exciting, interactive and engaging. One of the best ways of ensuring that we keep learning fresh is to vary the style of delivery and provide regular opportunities for learning outside the classroom.


This involves a range of different strategies such as: 

  • residential trips with a cultural, foreign language or adventure activity focus;
  • day visits to museums and galleries;
  • inviting visitors in to school to share their expertise;
  • using our forest school area for science;
  • using our outdoor classroom for PSHE, drama and story-telling.
  • using the local area for writing inspiration, geography, history or art;
  • visits to other local schools or local venues for broader physical education activities.


We find that when learning is hands-on and relevant, the children become increasingly absorbed in their learning, develop greater resilience and self-esteem, learn co-operation and teamwork, and often develop a new interest in subjects they may have previously dismissed.

Latest News


2018 Residential for Elm Class

We have just confirmed our booking for this year's residential trip to Hindleap Warren in East Sussex. Here, Years 5 and 6 will be participating in a wide range of outdoor and adventurous sporting pursuits, including activities like archery, orienteering, high ropes, abseiling and climbing. There will also be team building challenges, which encourage the children to develop the skills of leadership and communication, as well as collaboration and teamwork. Residential visits such as this are an excellent opportunity for children to gain some of the independent skills they will need as they grow up, such as time-keeping, personal organisation and self-care without their parents on hand. They have a fantastic time as well; it is always one of the things that Y6 highlight in their favourite memories of the school when they leave. Last year once again we went to the KCC Residential Centre in Hardelot, France. Have a look at Elm Class pages for 2016 -2017 to see what they got up to.


Forest School

Forest school is going to start up in the New Year for all year groups. It has been 2 years since we last enjoyed this worthwhile activity. Unlike last time when only Year R and 1 enjoyed this hugely beneficial learning opportunity, the whole school will be participating! Watch this space for photos and further information.