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 […]
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.
Spring time has brought us more opportunities for outdoor learning and the children have been busy with problem solving activities and maths in the school grounds.
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. Every Friday afternoon the classes take turns to work with Mrs Davies and other school staff on outdoor team building and 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 […]
This is a new venture for Clifton School this summer but one we will definitely continue with in the future. We have benefited from working with Forest Schools expert Dave Corrie this summer but as all staff also attended a training session with him we will be able to run our own sessions in the future. Reception, Year 1 and 2 were first to try out the Forest Schools experience as part of their sleepover. During the day they worked together to make four wooden benches which we sat on around the campfire. During the evening they made their own […]