Learning outside the classroom
Learning outside the classroom is very important at Elemore Hall.
We are fortunate in having terrific grounds that we use for a wide range of activities including PE, Art, Bushcraft, Bee-keeping, horticulture, wild-life watching, mountain biking and supporting a range of curriculum subjects.
The school owns three mini-busses and a people carrier that we use to transport pupils to a range of regular and occasional off-site activities that support learning and enjoyment. Groups attend weekly sessions in outdoor pursuits at off-site locations and every subject is encouraged to undertake visits that enrich or support the curriculum such as theatre or museum trips.
Outside the normal school day, many activities are offered that pupils participate in until 8.00pm in the evening. For example, there are a range of physical activities such as climbing, mountain biking, swimming, football and visits to the gym, pupils also visit the local library, take part in Duke of Edinburgh Award activities and engage in independence training.
Further afield the school has organised residential visits to other parts of the country and in recent years has taken pupils overseas to Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Bulgaria and Tanzania. We are currently in the early stages of organising trips to the Battlefields of Northern France/Belgium and to Auchwitz.
In addition to our pupils and staff maximising opportunities for learning outside the classroom, we also encourage other schools to come and make use of our grounds. Some other local special schools use our grounds to support their Forest School or Bushcraft programmes. We have a superb classroom (the Outdoor Learning Centre) built in our school grounds that visiting groups can use. Local schools can contact us throughout the year to arrange visits to our grounds, use the Outdoor Learning Centre or visit our bee hives.