Learning Outside the Classroom


Learning Outside the Classroom is a valued part of school life at St Joseph's as this reinforces and expands much of the learning done within the classroom.  Here are a few of the ways this happens here:

PGL 2018

Our Year 6 children visited PGL this year - it looks like they had great fun!

Forest School

Mr Iredale, is a trained Forest School Leader and every Wednesday half of our Reception class depart in our mini-bus for a local privately owned wooded area that the owner generously allows us to visit.  The children gain a great deal from this experience and have a real love of the outdoors, possibly helped by the occasional hot chocolate and toasted marshmallow!


Church Visits

St Joseph's Parish Church is an important part of our school community.  Each Thursday a class visit the church to help Fr Andrew Foster deliver the service.  The children gain a great deal of confidence from this experience as there are members of the public present in the service also.  Our Reception class have also visited the church recently as part of a walk out into the local community and exploring our local environment.

We also took our Year 6 pupils to the Good Shepherd Mass at the Blessed Dominic Barberi Church in Oxford to present the donations that we have collected at school.


Educational Visits

The children greatly enjoy the opportunity for an educational visit which enhances their class topic or a specific lesson.  These do vary from simple trips into the local community to team building on the annual year 6 residential visit.  Some examples of our visits are:

A visit to SS Brunel in Bristol


A visit to the Ashmolean Museum to support the topic of Ancient Greece

Walking into Carterton to visit the Greengrocers and investigate the different types of fruit and vegetables on offer

A visit to Oxford Museum of Natural History


A visit to Bristol Aquarium to support a class topic of Under the Sea

A visit to the Science Museum in London


A visit to Cadbury World to support the class topic of Chocolate


Year 6 Residential visit - to an outdoor activity centre for 2 nights




Inside / Outside

Many a fantastic lesson has happened in school grounds.  We have our own lovely outside space here so "outside" doesn't have to mean leaving school grounds.


On the 9th March 2017 the children from Elm Class helped plant 30 trees in our 'wild area' and the field. We planted Silver Birch, Cherry and Rowan with the aim to have our own Forest School on site one day!

Thank you to the Woodland Trust and the Wychwood Project for the trees and protectors and to the parents who came and helped.




We had a visit from Mike Grocott, Space Ambassador from the Time Peake Primary School Project. This included experiment with the children based on Tim Peake’s return.  Mike told the children how vitally important it is that Tim and the crew pack the shuttle correctly. If there is the slightest difference to the balance of the shuttle as it returns to Earth the landing could go wrong. The children made they made some shuttles out of cups with eggs to represent the crew. They took the lesson outside to launch the egg shuttles from the climbing frame. There were 9 eggs, 5 landed un-cracked although only one had a perfect landing. 4 eggs did not survive the landing.


Oak Class were learning  about life cycle of butterflies and had some live specimens in class. As the chrysalises hatched it was time to set the butterflies free. They took the lesson outside to watch the butterflies go.


The bugs and mini-beasts living in the grounds of St Joseph's can sleep easy as they have a superb hotel to sleep in thanks to the children in Eucalyptus class. The children have been brilliant bringing in lots of canes, bricks, wood and many other things to make it. This project was part of their theme of animals and life cycles and it is still built in the corner of the wild area of the school field.

Library Visits

Each week one of our Key Stage 2 classes visits Carterton Library to hear a story and browse the selection; they have the opportunity to take books out on their own library cards.


Community Events

We feel that the children benefit in many ways from taking part in community events and we always try to take part if we are able to.  Some of the community events that we have attended are:

Christmas Carol singing at the Carterton Day Centre

Litter Picking at the Carterton "Clean for the Queen" event

RAF Falcons Display Team Launch  - Attended by Chestnut Class


Board Games at Carterton Day Centre as part of HM The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

Our prefects went to visit St Thomas More School in Kidlington to see their displays and talk to staff and pupils



Sports events

We love taking part in sporting events at St Joseph's and there are many local events off-site.  Here are some of the events we have took part in:



Hockey Tournament at Carterton Community College, coming 4th out of 8 schools

Sports Day 2016 / 2017


Year 5 and 6 QuadKids event at carterton Community College, coming 2nd

Reception Class Olympics Day at St John's School

Year 3 and 4 visited Carterton Bowls Club for several sessions to learn the sport as part of our sports week

Years 1 - 5 joined the other Carterton primary schools at Carterton Community College for an Olympics day

Carterton Schools Swim Gala attended by Eucalyptus class

West Oxfordshire Gymnastics Competition which included some high places

Boccia festival at Carterton Community College , placing 3rd

Under 11 Athletics tournament


Year 3 Carterton Multi Skills Event

U11 Mixed Hockey Tournament

West Oxfordshire Cross Country Tournament

Lego Experience Day!

Great fun was had by the whole school as they built a Lego wonderland with working lights in the houses and working trains through the town!