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Learning Outside the Classroom

Extending the Learning

All our children receive regular work to do at home to extend and widen learning. The primary vehicle for this activity is through our learning logs which encourage pupils to demonstrate in whatever way they wish either what they already know about a subject coming up or what they have just learned about an area covered. These are called preview or review tasks and are kept deliberately open ended so as not to ‘put a lid on’ expectation.

Other homework includes a requirement for daily home reading and a variety of activities through learning logs, teh use of technology also blurs the lines between school and home learning with the use of blogging and Edmodo whihc allows children to safely discuss learning with their peers.

Chickens

Our chickens lay fresh eggs every day which are used for cooking within units.

At West Thornton we have 9 live chickens which are kept on our school grounds. Our chickens lay fresh eggs every day which are used for cooking within units. The chickens provide a real ife and purposeful experience for those that take responsibility for the caring of them and also used during units that relate to science and lifecycles.

Our Outside Classroom

...learning goes on all of the time - not just in the classroom!

At West Thornton we have an outside classroom that is used for all types of learning which reinforces the idea that learning goes on all of the time - not just in the classroom environment!

Our playground is also equipped with musical instruments and various permanent markings including; number lines, number squares, a compass and games that further embed and extend learning.

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