Our school is in the most beautiful setting, with it’s own extensive grounds and easy access to the whole of the Lake District. Outdoor learning is very important to us and we try to incorporate it into all subjects.
We have a programme of outdoor education and residential experiences that we have developed in partnership with Castle Head Field Centre.
Outdoor learning and residential experiences to be in partnership with Castle Head FSC
We have developed a cycle of learning experiences so that children develop and build on skills as they journey through school, and parents know what they can expect for their child in each year group.
Foundation Stage and Year 1
Focus: Discovering my world and what I can do
Skills developed through: Integrated throughout Foundation Stage curriculum and continuing into Year 1. Outdoor provision in school grounds, local park and woodland. We link to with Castle Head for specific work
Residential experience: No
Years 2 and 3
Focus: Developing confidence and independence
Skills developed through: Leader from Castle Head working alongside class teacher in the school grounds and the field centre.
Residential experience: This culminates in a one night residential at Castle Head. This will be repeated annually with the children in Year 3 becoming ‘experts’ and preparing a presentation for the new Year 2 in advance of the residential.
Years 4 and 5
Focus: Becoming a good team member; working together to discover my own strengths and other people’s
Skills developed through: Leader from Castle Head working alongside class teacher to plan work leading up to residential.
Residential experience: 2 night residential at a centre in the Lake District or Yorkshire.
Focus: Leadership; continuing to develop as a good team member whilst learning to take the lead
Skills developed through: Leader from CH working alongside pupils and class teacher to plan residential experience. At this stage the children will build on previous learning and have more input into planning.
Residential experience: 3 nights residential within the Lake District, (usually at a bunk barn or hostel) planned by the children and leader from Castle Head.