Learning Outside The Classroom

Here at James Dixon we believe that Learning Outside the Classroom is a fundamental part of our creative curriculum. It offers opportunities for exploration and experiences beyond the classroom setting. LoTC is an integral part of the curriculum, ensuring the children receive hands-on, stimulating opportunities. Examples include supporting the History curriculum through archaeological digs and recreating the Great Fire of London.  

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James Dixon believes that every young person has the right to experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and personal development, regardless of their age, ability, or circumstances.  

Trips are arranged at regular intervals as part of the curriculum to support the teaching and learning.  Local trips to parks, shops and places of worship are planned to support curriculum learning - for example visiting a shop as part of Maths, or visiting the local church as part of RE. Days out include visits to a range of museums including the Horniman Museum and the Imperial War Museum and public buildings such as the Royal Courts of Justice. A yearly seaside trip provides an opportunity for all children to experience the awe and wonder of nature in a beach setting. Year 6 has the opportunity to experience a residential trip away from home, which is a time for developing self esteem and team building skills. 


Forest School at James Dixon promotes holistic development of all children, embedding resilience, confidence, independence and creative learners. All children have the opportunity to learn at Forest school throughout their time at James Dixon. During these sessions, the children are developing a number of skills including managing risks, exploration and child-led interests. At forest school, children have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills as well as partake in various activities. Children get to explore the site through mini beast hunting, climbing trees and den building. Children have the opportunity to build their skills using tools such as potato peelers, pen knives and saws. Year 4 children create their own bow and arrows from willow to support their topic on the Vikings.