Learning Outside the Classroom is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning. It is about getting pupils out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.
Learning Outside the Classroom is encouraged by senior staff at The Canterbury Centre.
Students have been enjoying sessions at the forest school at Trafford Ecological Park, funded by Cargills in Trafford Park. Forest School teaches students survival skills such as camp fire building and cooking, building - and staying in - a hammock, and recognising different types of wildlife and foliage in the local area.
Wild Tribe is an outdoor therapeutic programme, which aims to help young people develop their communication, teamwork and social skills whilst having lots of fun in a woodland setting. Each week the tribe set up camp in the woods: gather wood, make a fire, cook and share food together. A range of different activities are planned to facilitate the building of a sense of identity, belonging and self-esteem. Students make new friends and learn how to care for others in their ‘tribe’. The activities run for eight weeks and are led by qualified staff.