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 3 shared their hedgehog expertise with the children in Class 1 today and everyone also had time to go hunting in the woodland for “moonstones” which held a secret message.
Outdoor Club children worked brilliantly together to wash, dry, chop, mash and then press the apples. We all agreed that the apple juice was delicious and just about worth all the hard work.
Class 3 will be working with Mrs Davies this half term on a new project in honour of our school mascot Clif! They will be learning all about hedgehogs and how to help them in the wild before sharing their knowledge with the younger children in school.
Our first session of the autumn was very exciting – with time spent in the Secret Garden. Mrs Davies made a campfire and the children helped make pancakes which were cooked over the flames. We even made a plum jam from the fruit growing there.
To support our topic on Secret Kingdoms Class 1 visited Whinlatter Forest on a lovely sunny day. We went for a walk and found out about the creatures that live in the woods and made bug dens in groups.
Class 2 were full of the joys of Spring on their first outdoor learning session this week. The sun shone brightly as the children worked together to tackle a range of problem solving challenges using lots of the 7 Cs of Clifton: communication, collaboration, commitment, confidence and curiosity. Judging by the huge smiles and enthusiastic cheering it was a successful afternoon and great fun!
Class 1 enjoyed some sunshine in the Secret Garden this week looking for inspiration for our Little Door poems. We used our senses to look, listen and touch and found lots of signs of spring. The next day we created some super creative sentences for our poems back in class.
The Reception children took advantage of this week’s sunny weather and worked together to brighten up the school entrance. They collected soil from the mole hills on the green which they wheelbarrowed to the school garden and used it to fill two big planters. Then they planted some daffodils and petunias in the pots. We think they make the front entrance look more colourful and welcoming.
Class 1 have braved the mud, rain, mud, wind, snow, mud and DINOSAURS in their outdoor learning sessions this half term and have loved every minute! Today was our last session for now and we focused on collecting wood ready for more campfires next half term. We were curious and confident, collaborated and communicated with each other and were committed to the challenge. To make it even more special we even saw the deer Mrs Davies had told us lived in the woods.
Class 1 were very excited to be the first children to use the new doorway into the Secret Garden. And what better way to celebrate than with a campfire. The children have all learned how to keep safe around a campfire and can toast their own marshmellows safely. Thanks to all the adults who help with our Outdoor Learning sessions and to Mrs Davies for organising so many exciting things for us to do. We are already looking forward to our next sessions after Easter.