Adventure and Outdoor Learning at Allithwaite CE School
Some things you should do before you are 11 . . . Roll down a grassy bank Make a mud pie Collect frog spawn Make perfume from flower petals Climb a tree Make a den Feed farm animals Find some worms Take part in a scavenger hunt Fly a Kite Grow vegetables Make a nest from twigs and grass Recognise at least five different bird species Cook on an open fire Make art from charcoal and mud Make a clay sculpture Watch the stars come out Be given a camera and have the freedom to take pictures of whatever you want Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly Have a dream for the future and an adult who believes in that dream
Dear Parents and Carers I believe passionately that children should have the opportunities that we had as children. Some of the freedoms and risk taking opportunities that create the foundation blocks of our life as teenagers and ultimately adults. Recently I read an article from the National Trust in which they describe a long term decline in children’s relationship with the outdoors. We all appreciate the importance of the outdoors and the impact on children’s health and well being and their knowledge of the world. Presently fewer than 10% of children play in wild places and three times as many children are taken to hospital each year after falling out of bed, as from falling out of trees. Half of all children have been stopped from climbing trees and 20% of children are not allowed to play conkers in case they hurt themselves. Many of our children cannot identify plants or birds in their local woodland or meadow. At Allithwaite CE School, we hope to provide opportunities which will allow children to explore the world, take risks and appreciate where they live and the rich resource they have at their feet and their finger tips. We believe that beyond the life skills these experiences develop, our children’s language and knowledge of the world will develop. From this will come broader and reflective thinkers, more developed writers and hopefully more motivated and engaged pupils! I hope that they will enjoy their time in the outdoors and begin to share their interest in the environment with others. It is with all of these things in mind, that we are providing adventurous experiences in our curriculum. These develop leadership, confidence, language and can identify skills that have so far been undiscovered.. We are developing outdoor forest days as a whole school and class activities which should fuel the imagination and provide rich and meaningful experiences to reflect upon. This booklet, I hope, will provide you with a small taster of the experiences on offer at Allithwaite CE School. Together we can perhaps address the decline in our children’s relationship with the outdoors as we learn and explore together in the very beautiful Cartmel Peninsula and the Lake District.
Jones Mr Brian Headteacher
With the support of the Michelle Jurd Trust we have been able to fund special adventure days and activities for the whole school. These range from orienteering, team building rope activities, ropes courses, voyageur canoeing, sailing and mini beast hunting.
As a whole school we are able to mix into family groups and learn from each other. We explore our woodland skills, safety issues, creative work and discover about the world.
As part of their topic about Dinosaurs and the Jurassic Period the children took part in an Explorer Day. They dressed up and took part in a whole range of activities building on their knowledge of Dinosaurs, Archaeology and Palaeontology!
We believe our school is a very special place and being in the Lake District, we should ensure our children explore and grow up exploring the rich opportunities and challenges it offers.
Outdoor learning has so much to offer enriching the lives of our children.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” David Polis
Allithwaite CE School, where learning is an adventure!
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