The Great Outdoors – Outdoor Education at Clifton School

It is widely understood that learning outdoors is motivating, memorable and meaningful for children. With our school grounds benefiting from a revamped playground area and school garden we are making more of our outdoor spaces for learning. Each half term the classes take turns to work with Mrs Davies and other school staff on outdoor team building, problem solving and forest school activities. These are designed to develop skills in communication, collaboration and resilience alongside physical skills such as balance, stamina and co-ordination as well as personal safety, bushcraft and woodcraft. The activities often incorporate learning in other curriculum areas such […]

Class 2 Go Outdoors

This half term has been Class 2’s turn for Outdoor Learning with Mrs Davies. This week the ground was too wet for the planned soil investigations…. it would have been mud! So Plan B was put into action and Class 2 worked together to restock our wood supplies for den building and fire making. Whilst searching the woods around the Secret Garden they also learned about some of the tree species growing there. Curiosity and Collaboration are just two of the 7 Cs being covered in this session.

Campfire Skills

Class 3 marked their final outdoor learning session for the autumn with a campfire in our new Secret Garden fire pit. The children all whittled their own sticks before toasting marshmallows and enjoying a warming hot chocolate made in the kelly kettle.  Fire making skills are all part of our outdoor learning award.

Residential Experiences

We believe that residential experiences are an invaluable part of a child’s education and as such we provide these opportunities from they very first year of school. Spending time away form home, learning new skills and taking more responsibility for yourself all support our   Reception – Year 2: For the first three years at Clifton School children are invited to an overnight sleepover in the Summer term. An evening meal, outdoor activities, camp fire, sleeping in the classrooms and breakfast with friends all help make our Infant sleepover a favourite with children and staff and is always a night to […]

Infant Sleepover

We were so lucky with the weather this year and ate both our evening meal and breakfast outdoors – a first in the history of Clifton’s Infant Sleepover. The children enjoyed a party tea before getting going on a range of activities including teambuilding games, osprey nest building, making bird feeders and woodcrafts with Dave Corrie. As the sun went down our campfire was lit and it was time for songs, hot chocolate and marshmellows! No wonder everyone was ready for bed and a good night’s sleep. After breakfast and games it was time to pack up your own camping […]

Summer Time

This term our Outdoor Learning has focussed on maths skills and the children have been investigating capacity and length through a range of outdoor activities. There has also been time to include some problem solving challenges linked to these areas of learning and some photo orienteering to develop our observation and map skills.  

Feeling Chilly

  The colder months of the new year seemed like the perfect time to develop our fire making skills and learn how to keep ourselves safe around camp fires. The children have helped feed the flames of our kelly kettle to make hot chocolate and have toasted marshmallows on sticks they have whittled themselves. The older children have also been taught to kindle a fire using a flint and steel and cotton wool. The children have also developed their woodcraft skills and have measured and cut willow sticks for Harry Potter wand making and outdoor mathematical problem solving games for […]