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Why experiential learning matters

Experiential Learning is the process of learning by doing. By engaging pupils of all ages in hands-on experiences and reflection, they are better able to connect theories and knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Here are several reasons why experiential learning matters in schools:

Our regular WOW days bring the term's topic to life as pupils spend a day as vikings, refugees or suffragettes to experience the same clothes, food, and activities as the people they have been learning about. 

Engagement and Motivation:

Experiential learning actively engages pupils in the learning process, making education more captivating and enjoyable. By immersing themselves in first hand experiences, pupils are more likely to feel motivated and interested in the subject matter. 

Practical Application of Knowledge:

Experiential learning enables pupils to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations, allowing them to grasp the relevance of what they are learning and how it can be applied in various contexts. This not only enhances their understanding and retention of the subject matter but also helps them recognise its significance.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills:

Experiential activities often present exciting challenges and provide opportunities for problem-solving. This allows pupils to enhance their critical thinking skills as they carefully analyse information, make informed decisions, and adapt based on the outcomes of their actions.

Teamwork and Collaboration:

Many experiential learning activities involve collaboration and teamwork. Pupils of all ages can learn to work effectively with others, communicate their ideas, and solve problems together. These interpersonal skills are essential for future success.

Retention of Information:

Research suggests that pupils are more likely to remember information when they learn through hands-on experiences. This creates lasting memories, which can contribute to better long-term retention of knowledge.

Personal Development:

Experiential learning often involves personal reflection and self-discovery. Pupils have the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their strengths, and areas for improvement.

Preparation for the Real World:

In the real world we are required to apply our knowledge to practical situations. Experiential learning prepares pupils for this providing them with the skills and confidence to navigate real-world challenges. In the future this well make the transition from education to the workforce smoother.

Increased Relevance to Diverse Learning Styles:

Not everyone learns the same and experiential learning caters to various preferences. While some pupils may excel in traditional classroom settings, others get more from hands-on experiences. 

In summary, experiential learning is valuable in schools because it creates engagement, encourages the practical application of knowledge, develops critical skills, fosters collaboration, and prepares students for real-world challenges. 

To find about more about Leweston's approach to learning contact the Registrar June Smith on 01963 211015 or