Elm Wood’s Beliefs on Educational Visits and Inclusion
As stated within our curriculum intent, we believe that educational visits are an integral part of the entitlement of every pupil to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our ambitious curriculum is fully inclusive and allows our children to develop the vital knowledge and skills they need through enriching learning experiences.
We encourage our children to be excellent communicators who are immersed in vibrant experiences, allowing each of them to express themselves as an individual as well as exploring the wider world.
Appropriately planned visits enhance learning and improve attainment, and so form a key part of what makes Elm Wood Primary school a supportive and effective learning environment.
The benefits to pupils of taking part in visits and learning outside the classroom include, but are not limited to:
- Improvements in their ability to cope with change.
- Increased critical curiosity and resilience.
- Opportunities for meaning, making, creativity, developing learning relationships and practicing strategic awareness.
- Increased levels of trust and opportunities to examine the concept of trust (us in them, them in us, them in themselves, them in each other).
- Improved enrichment, achievement and attainment across a range of curricular subjects. Pupils are active participants’ not passive consumers, and a wide range of learning styles can flourish.
- Enhanced opportunities for ‘real world’, ‘learning in context’ and the development of the social and emotional aspects of intelligence.
- Increased risk management skills through opportunities for involvement in practical risk-benefit decisions in a range of contexts. i.e. encouraging pupils to become more risk aware as opposed to risk averse.
- Greater sense of personal responsibility and safety for themselves and others.
- Possibilities for genuine team working including enhanced communication skills between adults and children and children and children.
- Improved environmental appreciation, knowledge, awareness and understanding of a variety of environments.
- Improved awareness and knowledge of the importance and practices of sustainability and how to protect as well as use the environments around them.
- Physical skill acquisition and the development of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
For pupils and adults taking part in visits and learning outside the classroom activities, they have a chance to demonstrate showing respect to each other and those people they come in to contact with.
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