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Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning Outside the Classroom


'The best classroom and the richest learning environment are roofed only by the sky...' - Margaret McMillan

School Year 2019-2020

Our Intent

Our vision is for pupils at St Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School to develop an infectious passion to reach their true potential in all aspects of life. In line with our school motto, ‘Non-Excidet’ (none shall fail), we want to equip every pupil with the confidence to try new things, in spite of the inevitability that this will involve hard work and sacrifice. We are confident that our pupils will leave junior school with an independence and resilience which far surpasses that which they joined with. We are committed to seeing social mobility radically improve within our postcode through a wealth of exciting and challenging experiences which are inclusive of all learners. Furthermore, we aspire to provide a rich context for learning which helps to embed knowledge in children’s long term memory.


Opportunities for learning beyond the classroom are interwoven throughout our curriculum. We carry out a range of educational visits, aswell as residential activities and even international trips. Children are challenged to develop new skills, through our ‘Activity Passport’ initiative which encourages them to set targets and evaluate their own personal development beyond the classroom. We take pride in our structured play environment which boosts children’s creativity, confidence and social skills. Teachers at St Francis de Sales actively seek opportunities to teach beyond the classroom, recognising the benefits of new environments for embedding knowledge and promoting intellectual curiosity. 


We aim to produce young people who are able to survive and thrive in today’s society; who are willing to be lifelong learners and be inquisitive and experimental. Through our curriculum and beyond, we know that children at St Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School will develop a wealth of new skills and experiences. Not only this, but a heightened ambition to excel in all aspects of their lives. 


What is the 'Activity Passport'?


PlayPod - a Whole School creative and enhancing way to spend lunch time.

This film highlights how we use our PlayPod at lunchtimes. All children benefit from this experience everyday; developing knowledge, skills and understanding in cooperation, creativity, communication, risk management, sharing, patience and resilience.The pupils share their thoughts and opinions on the impact of 'PlayPod'.

Siiiii! It's here: the Barcelona 2018 Movie!

Global Scholars investigate the River Mersey!

2019 Skiing

Once again this year, pupils had the opportunity to travel to the snowy peaks of Turin for an adventure of a lifetime! Pupils faced a range of different slopes, showing exceptional progress during the week. All the children built skills of resilience, setting goals to challenge their physical and mental endurance. Not only did each child return home with a big smile on their face, but also a renewed determination to try their best; a vital skill for later life!

Western Approaches

Our trip to Derby house saw us step into the shoes of some of the greatest Britons to ever live! We glimpsed top secret documents, machines that monitored enemy convoys and even saw the phone that connected straight to Churchill's famous war rooms in London...