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Learning Outside the Classroom


Brooklands offers a unique and exciting learning opportunity for our children where learning outside the classroom is a huge part of our Curriculum. Outdoor learning whether it is at our on-site forest or at our local beach, exploring the local area and participating in school trips and visits all provide rich and exciting experiences for our pupils. We believe that outdoor learning helps to promote children's safety and raise attainment, whilst allowing children's confidence to grow in a safe and engaging environment.

As the only school in Suffolk to hold both Forest School and Beach School status our curriculum features regular visits to the local forest (Pattle's Fen in Brantham) and our local beach at Wrabness. This experience is incredibly exciting and allows our children to learn outside the classroom. In our expansive school grounds, we also have an on-site forest in addition to an engaging wildlife area.

As part of our curriculum children can experience:

  • Pond dipping and bug hunts in our pond area
  • Music and drama performances on our outdoor stage
  • Growing fruits and vegetables for us to taste in our garden
  • Using tools to build bug houses and objects from wood
  • Visits from storytellers and animal sanctuaries
  • Den building and team challenges at Forest School
  • Residential trip in Year 6
  • Toasting marshmallows on open fires and making hot chocolate
  •  Exploring light and shade in our Geology Garden

Learning beyond the classroom threads throughout our curriculum for all year groups and throughout the year enabling our children to embed knowledge and skills over their entire learning journey at Brooklands.