Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning opportunities

Whether their purpose is religious education, history, geography, art or citizenship education, visits to sacred spaces provide an exciting and powerful stimulus for learning, a sensory experience involving sights, sounds, smells, touch, and even on some visits, tastes.

For religious education the context for a visit to a sacred space will be determined by the locally agreed or diocesan syllabus. These will identify or suggest which religions are taught at each Key Stage. The non-statutory framework for religious education makes recommendation that at all four Key Stages and the Foundation Stage there are curriculum opportunities to visit places of worship. The focus of these experiences is developmental according to Key Stage, should include both learning about and from religion and give opportunities for personal reflection.