Report from Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom has recently published an interesting study into outdoor learning for 9-11 year-olds.  It is clear about the benefits:

Pupils and teachers noticed improvements in pupils’ engagement with learning, concentration and behaviour, as well as positive impacts on health and wellbeing and teachers’ job satisfaction.

but also acknowledges the barriers to its wider implementation.

West End Primary at Sunderland Point

West End Primary pupils at Sunderland Point

One of the grants made earlier this year was to Morecambe Bay Partnership for a project teaching local primary school children about the fishing history and ecology of the bay.  Visits to Sunderland Point have already taken place, with further visits planned in September.  Schools involved are West End Primary Morecambe, Ridge Primary Lancaster, Ryelands Lancaster and St Mary’s Catholic Primary Morecambe.

After the visit to Sunderland Bay, the pupils work with About Time Dance Company to create a dance based on what they have learned about fish and the sea.

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West End pupils fish-dancing!

Latest grants awarded

The trustees met recently to consider the latest applications, and they agreed on the following grants:

  • £400 to the 1st Morecambe & Heysham Boys’ Brigade towards the cost of coach hire for their week-long summer camp in South Wales.
  • £1,175 to Skerton Community Centre for their youth group to go to Brockhole, Lake District for the day.
  • £2,000 to the Lancashire Association of Boys & Girls Clubs towards Bushcraft sessions and an outdoor adventure weekend for young people.
  • £5,000 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB towards work with local schools to create artwork for Light Up Lancaster in November.

Latest grants awarded

The trustees met at the beginning of January to consider recent applications and made the following awards:

  • Lancashire Youth Challenge for a 5-day walk along Hadrian’s Wall in summer 2019;
  • Lancaster Boys & Girls Club for 6 outdoor educational activity days during half-terms in 2019;
  • Lancaster Road Primary School for Year 3 pupils to visit Leighton Moss RSPB wildlife reserve in the summer term;
  • Marsh Community Centre for a residential outdoor education trip in summer 2019
  • Morecambe Bay Partnership to work with local primary schools to explore and develop an activity around Sunderland Point, its fishing history and the shoreline during the spring and summer terms;
  • Morecambe Bay Community Primary School for Year 6 pupils to go on a residential outdoor education trip in the summer term;
  • Piccadilly Garden to develop holiday club activities in the outdoors.