The world we live in today is changing everyday in so many ways that we cannot even comprehend. This affects the world we live in, the country, the city or town and our communities. There biggest change is the technological gadgets, toys, games, phones, and computers. “People in society have access to powerful pieces of technology and compare that to 20 years ago it was just science fiction.” (Barnes, 2011, Pg.21) We know that technology has taken over and in the future it will have a big effect on today’s children’s lives however what good is it, if they do not have the other necessary skills in life – motivation, challenge, personal and social development skills and there are several more skills they will need. In an ever changing world it is only important that we combine in-class teaching with learning outside the classroom. “They enjoy the richness of their learning – not just learning different things, but learning in many different ways: out-of-doors, through play, in small groups, through art, music and sport, from each other.” (Excellence and Enjoyment, 2003, Pg.9) This establishes that children are at an age where they learn in different ways and by going out of the class it benefits them. Children can learn different things by a broad curriculum which helps shape their future. A curriculum with a wide range of subjects and not just focusing on hierarchy areas like numeracy and literacy creates an Innovation and creativity in the lives of children. “Primary education is about children experiencing the joy of discovery, solving problems, being creative in writing, art, music, developing their self confidence as learners and maturing socially and emotionally.” (Excellence and Enjoyment, 2003, Pg.4) Children like “new things and creativity”, (Excellence and Enjoyment, 2003, Pg.4) Children can learn more through, “The uses of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning.” (Learning Outside the Classroom, 2006, Pg.1) New things and creativity can take place by taking children outside the classroom. This will benefit them as it will promote a healthy lifestyle, social well being and movement and freedom. Primary school children are always curious about the world they live in and with learning outside the classroom they can go and experience the world themselves. It gives the children a stimulating environment, freedom and gives them a chance to take risks. If they do not get these opportunities now which are so vital for adult life they will never grasp them. However it is vital a cross curricular curriculum is combined with it to get the best out of it. “A broad and balanced curriculum, with learning outside the classroom as a powerful element, supports higher achievement” (Ofsted Report – Learning Outside the Classroom, 2008, Pg.21) By having learning outside the classroom with a broader curriculum it will clearly help the children achieve more and they will want to do better. It will open up children’s minds and make them want to explore more. There are many different ways which teachers have adapted over the years to raise the bar. We know teachers are always changing to support the learner. However you cannot simply bring change just by still being in the classroom because all children do is listen and then do their work which is auditory learning. Children can learn by seeing things which is sensory learning and experience which is kinaesthetic learning. Children will not experience sensory and kinaesthetic learning till they are out of the classroom which is why it is important. When children are involved going out of the classroom providing it is effectively planned there are many skills which children will develop such as self-confidence, problem solving and thinking skills and across the curriculum subjects. When children go out of the classroom they will see everything for themselves and it gives them the chance to explore and make their own assumptions which makes them independent learners....
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