Since the new National Curriculum has become statutory in 2014, leaders at Emerson Valley School have been developing it so that children receive a rich, broad and balanced learning experience throughout the year. The curriculum maps outline areas of study for each year group for every term; each area of study has been structured to link with relevant topic themes. As children move through the year groups, a clear progression path is ensured, through themes varying in complexity and depth.
A vital part of a child’s education is experiential learning and this is provided by the planning of educational visits. Active engagement with experience results in learning and making sense of the world depends on it. Taking advantage of experiential learning outside the classroom is therefore beneficial and plays an important part in children’s education. Qualters (2010, p95) reinforces this by stating, “… experiential education is truly authentic education as it assists students in translating classroom knowledge into meaningful learning for their future.” In turn, the realisation that knowledge is transferable and applicable in other contexts can lead to opportunities for development of interests and skills. This disposition aids children to mature into lifelong learners, who have the expertise to adapt and respond to changes in working and social situations.
Qualters, D. (2010) Making the most of learning outside the classroom. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Vol 124 pp 95-99