Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning Outside the Classroom

The MAT is an advocate of learning outside the classroom. Benefits include:

  • Learning can take place almost any time and anywhere: in school grounds, in the high street, at the beach, heritage sites, archives – the possibilities are endless!
  • It encourages personal development by broadening horizons, developing resilience, teamwork and self-awareness, and promoting physical activity.
  • It can provide a worthwhile and engaging experience for students who find learning inside the classroom a challenge, and provide new and otherwise inaccesible experiences for those from low socio-economic backgrounds.
  • It promotes an appreciation for the world, from nature and heritage to social issues and cultural awareness.
  • It’s exciting! Learning outside the classroom helps young people to cope with and experience a wide variety of challenges while learning in novel and engaging ways.

History on your doorstep

Studying local history brings the past to life in a very personal way. Rather than events occurring in a distant place and time, a familiar location can provide a meaningful bridge between the past and the present.

Studying local history enables students to:

  • develop an understanding of how and why their local community has developed in the way that it has, and forge stronger links with that community,
  • compare and contrast history on a local level to a national and international one,
  • appreciate why the area in which they live is worth knowing about, and take pride in where they live,
  • more easily access heritage.

The format and content of the session will be bespoke to you and your area, but previous sessions have included:

  • Southampton schools exploring WWII through visits to the D-Day wall.
  • Working with SEN schools aboard the SS Shieldhall and recording sites at Hamble Point.
  • Guided, interacgive walks along the River Hamble and Forton Lake, and around Southampton.

The Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum