Our school is in the most beautiful setting, with its own attractive 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.
Spending time out in the fresh air is a great way of clearing the head, offering time to relax and reflect. A regular connection to the outdoors and participation in outdoor activities have a positive impact on mental health.
Growing evidence suggests that outdoor learning can boost children’s welfare and their performance at school. Spending time interacting with nature can reduce stress among young people, and boost their creativity, problem-solving skills and motivation.
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.
Focus: Discovering my world and what I can do
Skills developed through: Integrated throughout Foundation Stage curriculum. Outdoor provision in school grounds, local park and woodland. We link to with Castle Head for specific work where Reception spend a morning.
Residential experience: No
Years 1 and 2
Focus: Developing confidence and independence
Skills developed through: Class teacher leading forest school and other outdoor sessions with cross-curricular links. Leader from Castle Head working alongside class teacher at the field centre.
Residential experience: This culminates in a one day session and evening activities led by Castle Head. This will be repeated annually, with a 2 year cycle of activites and challenges being covered.
Years 3 and 4
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.
Year 5 and 6
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, class teacher and leader from Castle Head.