Taking Learning Outside the Classroom
Outdoor Learning at Upland Primary School.
Here at Upland we strive to create opportunities for outdoor learning across the curriculum. We recognise that outdoor learning is a great platform for engaging and motivating and inspiring children, as well as scaffolding and supporting learning. Wherever appropriate, we build in opportunities to utilise the school grounds and the local area.
Our forest school runs in the foundation stage at present with children having the opportunity to spend sessions in our forest school area. The children engage with the outdoors, learn how to work in teams and develop an appreciation for the environment. We aim to open up forest school to more classes as we plan to extend the forest school area.
Outdoor Week and Outward Bound
Outdoor week is an annual event at Upland preparing children for Years 5 and 6 when they have the opportunities to go to Outward Bound on the school journey. Outdoor week involves children working with professionals in the field of outdoor activities such as sailing, climbing wall, Ben Bullen Adventures, gardening, forest school and many more activities. All of the activities the children participate in, during outdoor week, aim to develop personal attributes and team unity. School staff then build upon this learning throughout the following weeks in their planning.
Trips are an essential part of our curriculum. Opportunities are built into the curriculum, using the year group Knowledge and Skill Organisers, to extend and consolidate learning. Trips may be used to compliment learning in National Curriculum subjects or our own Personal Attributes curriculum. The Personal Attributes aims for each year group can be found on the front page of the Knowledge and Skill Organisers for each year group. Overviews of the trips can be found under the ‘Our Children’ section of this website. They are organised into year group.