Learning Outside the Classroom

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Learning Outside the Classroom

We believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development at every age, in every grade-level, and in any circumstance. While a classroom is a student's home during the school hours. BASIS Independent Fremont seeks to provide a framework for learning that uses surroundings and communities outside their primary learning environment, which we ultimately hope will add value to classroom learning. We want to enable our students to construct their own learning in order to live successfully in the world that surrounds them, gaining life skills like subject-based knowledge and problem solving. 

We have made it a goal to provide opportunities that allow our students to learn and grow in a variety of circumstances and environments. Some of the ways we inspire learning outside the classroom include the following:  

Project Week

Project week is an incredible opportunity for our students during their final week at school. During Project week, students in all grades work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects to engage in a fun activity or trip with. Students will spend 4–5 days, depending on the project, grouped wtih Term Project Teachers. 

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. Here is a sampling of some of the thrilling projects we've done in past years:

  • Engineering a Zoological Theme Park
  • Bubmblebee Basketball 
  • Books, Cooks, and Crafts
  • Jewelry Making
  • Japanese Language and Fun

 

Field Trips

Field trips give our students the opportunity to see the outside world coincide with their current studies. And, with so many opportunities for hands-on, in-the-field learning in the Bay Area, the sky is the limit for amble time in incredible places to bring our lessons to life. Our students go on 2–3 field trips every year.  

International Day

International Day was a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to see world cultures come alive and have fun celebrating the colorful, diverse mosaic of the BASIS Independent Fremont community. We had a great turnout that led to spectacular performances from a variety of groups and students, including: 

  • Chinese acrobatic Wu Shu school 
  • A mother/daughter Native American dance team 
  • Ballet Troupe performance
  • Indian dance duo 
  • Traditional African folk song, led by one of our own teachers