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Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning. It is about getting children and young people out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.

Here at Mount Pleasant we believe that all pupils should experience rich and purposeful learning environments outside of the classroom, irrespective of their age, ability or circumstances.

Learning Outside the Classroom is a tool for teaching and learning which has been proven to raise attainment and achievement, improve behaviour and improve the engagement of all groups of pupils, including those who are hard to engage inside the classroom environment. It also helps to bolster social, emotional and personal development and contributes to the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

The ‘places’ where learning happens can have a significant effect on how a young person engages with a subject or an idea. LOtC can happen at almost any time and almost anywhere – outdoors or indoors: in the school grounds, on the high street, in the local park, in museums and art galleries, on mountain tops and rivers, in Britain’s remote places, or elsewhere in the world.

Although we are a relatively small site, we try to make the best use of every single space available, and we are passionate about learning outside of the classroom for all.

At Mount Pleasant we endeavour to provide frequent experiences in the school grounds, educational visits further afield and residentials. These experiences should be utilised as a tool for teaching, learning and delivering the curriculum across all subject areas.

ICT Mark

We are very pleased to have obtained the Silver Mark for LOtC.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who contribute to the activities we organise. We strive for our pupils to be resilient, well rounded individuals who have a love and respect for the world around. By providing real life, relevant, quality learning experiences, we hope to engage minds, excite imaginations and develop a life-long love of learning. Without your help we would not be able to offer the extensive opportunities that we do.

To see photographs and/or read about our activities, please see our Special Events page, our Outdoor Learning photo page or read our School Blog.

Our Forest School

As part of our Forest Schools Project children throughout the school visit Saltwells Wood to do a variety of activities from Nature Walks, Fungus forays, Artwork, Bark Rubbings, Bug Hunts and Photography Trail.

They are usually taken to Saltwells Wood in small groups using the school minibus.

The children really enjoy walking around the woods looking at nature in a facility that is so close to our school.

Children also sometimes have the opportunity to work with and talk to the rangers who can answer any questions that are asked about the woods.

Fun and Learning at Forest School