We believe that learning and being outdoors provides pupils with a wide spectrum of positive experiences that develop skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours. At Clifton Primary School there is an integrated curriculum of outdoor learning that supports and enhances the National Curriculum, making learning tangible and memorable. As well as being part of the academic curriculum, outdoor learning develops pupil’s resilience, confidence, physical and mental well-being, collaborative and reflective skills; making our pupils ready for the wider world. We believe that spending time outdoors is as important for children’s development as learning to read and write.
Outdoor Learning is an important element of school life which develops and enhances our Seven C’s of Clifton. These are our school values, the golden threads of learning which weave through our school curriculum; communication, collaboration, curiosity, craftsmanship, commitment, confidence and creativity. Our outdoor learning curriculum always provides opportunities to develop these qualities and the tools to transfer them to real life in the most practical way.
Children will experience a progressive, hands-on curriculum developed by highly qualified and experienced staff, who know the children and can adapt it, making the lessons highly specific. Skills and knowledge are developed through the years allowing older children to experience emerging independence and expertise to share with younger children. Utilising our very own outdoor learning area ‘the Secret Garden’ we also encourage children to progress their investigations and learning in their playtimes, lunchtimes, and in after school clubs.
Every week a class has a whole afternoon of outdoor learning incorporating environmental learning, adventurous activities and bush craft skills.