Salusbury Primary School

LOtC Hub

Salusbury is proud to be a Hub to showcase the work we do on Learning Outside the Classroom with the Counil for Learning Outside the (CLoTC.)   Our Deputy Head Rachel Linkletter mentors other schools who are applying for the LOtC mark and also works with the Council to promote the importance of learning beyond the classroom.

Educational visits and learning beyond the classroom are an integral part of life at Salusbury Primary School.  Successful learning beyond the classroom provides memorable learning experiences and enhances the children’s education in ways that are not possible in the classroom. The school is committed to providing school visits as a positive tool to develop pupils’ independent, investigative learning, and to build their experience of the local and wider world.

What do we mean by Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)?

At Salusbury, we were privileged to be involved in the making of this video for the CLoTC; it features both our children and our staff.

Learning outside the classroom is a broad term that includes all forms of learning that are beyond the traditional classroom format. 

Such a list can include:   

Outdoor play, Sessions in the school grounds (including our Green Space), having visitors and workshops come into school, trips in the local area,  trips further afield – to galleries, museums etc, residential trips and international travel. 

Learning beyond the classroom can provide a dramatic contrast to the children’s normal classroom and there is strong evidence that good quality learning outside the classroom adds much value to classroom learning. It leads to a deeper understanding of concepts that span traditional subject boundaries and which are frequently difficult to teach effectively using classroom methods alone. In addition such learning builds an understanding that we learn at all times, in all places. The results from learning beyond the classroom can be instantaneous as well as active and therefore impacts on behaviour and motivation to learn.