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Welcome to Easterside Academy

"Giving the Chance to Shine"

LOtC

At the core of the curriculum in England is the statement that every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The contribution of learning outside the classroom in the above areas is widely acknowledged. Taking learning outside the classroom enables pupils to apply what they have learnt inside the classroom in a real world context and equips them with skills (communication skills, team working, problem solving and risk management to name just a few) they will need for real life and employment. The benefits in terms of physical and mental health, expanding the horizons of young people, and changing their environmental behaviours and attitudes are also well evidenced.

 

At Easterside Academy we feel that learning outside the classroom can add value to teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum and therefore it is mapped into our curriculum on a regular basis.

LOtC

The school is committed to LOtC through the on-going development of its own outdoor environment and its employment of a part time ‘Outdoor Learning Assistant’ role. At Easterside we have on site:

  • Large extensive fields.
  • Two playgrounds.
  • A ball court.
  • An allotment.
  • An orchard.
  • A pond.
  • A stage area and seating.
  • Outdoor seating and shade.
  • A ‘wild’ wooded area with an open fire pit area in the centre.
  • Mini-beast and weather stations.

We are also lucky in that we have excellent spaces available to us within walking distance of the school that we visit regularly throughout the year.

  • Stewarts Park.
  • Fairy Dell.
  • West Beck.

We also plan and take children on visits much further afield as part of their learning. Some of these take place at the beginning of our ‘topics’ during the ‘engage’ stage in order stimulate curiosity and excitement about the learning. Places we have visited include:

  • Anlwick Castle
  • York Chocolate Factory
  • The North Yorkshire Moors Centre
  • Carlton Outdoor Education Centre
  • Daisy Chain Farm

Sometimes in order to actively take part in our outdoor curriculum, children will bring home a letter asking for ‘old clothes’ to be brought to school for specific activities e.g. Working on the allotment. Other times they may just go outside as part of the teaching and learning.

Please ensure that your child comes to school suitably dressed for the weather so that they are able to participate comfortably outdoors in the curriculum at Easterside Academy.

Letters will be sent home with your child for specific visits which will require consent from the person with parental responsibility.

 Download Our Outdoor Learning Parent Leaflet Click!

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Upcoming Events

Oct
19
Thu
Consultation Time @ Easterside Academy
Oct 19 all-day

Parent consultation for the following classes. Please make sure you have agreed an appointment time.

Miss Weetman

Early Years Cultural Day – Diwali @ Easterside Academy
Oct 19 all-day

Children will learn about Diwali today.

Early Years Stay and Play @ Easterside Academy
Oct 19 all-day

Early Years (Nursery and Reception) parents and family are invited to stay on Thursday’s to join in themed activities with their child in the setting.

For morning nursery and reception this is at 8.45am and for afternoon nursery this is at 12. The sessions last for approx 30 – 45 mins. Everyone welcome!

Gym Jo – Year 5 and 6 @ Easterside Academy
Oct 19 all-day

Year 5 and 6 pupils will be taking part in Gymnastics lessons with our instructor Jo. Please make sure your child has their PE kit on this day as it is part of the curriculum, and that they have their earrings out if they wear them.

Halloween Disco @ Easterside Academy
Oct 19 all-day

Details to follow.

Yoga Bugs @ Easterside Academy
Oct 19 all-day

Reception children will take part in Yoga Bugs every Thursday. Please ensure they have their PE kit with them on these days and earrings are taken out if they have them.