Reception and Year 1 - Children begin with local trips for example Shaldon beach, Shaldon Zoo and other places of interest around the village to inspire their learning.
Year 2 - In addition to local trips, year two have an outdoor education day onsite. This is led by qualified instructors and includes bushcraft, archery and team building activities.
Year 3 - There is a 3 day programme which includes a day of onsite team building, a day with beach clean/ beach games and an exciting day at Brixham led by instructors where the children experience rafted canoeing and a walk/treasure hunt.
Year 4 - A 1 day onsite learning camping skills and working on team challenges. Children also have two days at haven banks outdoor centre in Exeter and the programme can include kayaking, sailing, wall climbing and archery.
Year 5 - Pupils go further afield with a two night residential option during the Autumn term at one of the Dartmoor Centres which we have been using for many years to provide Positive, confidence building experiences for our children. Their programme usually includes a short day walk, team building, and a day at Hound Tor with climbing, weaselling and rock scrambling.
Year 6 - Pupils also have the option of a two day residential at the beautiful location of Balcombe camp on the river Dart. This is a challenging expedition style adventure, where children have the opportunity to develop further their key skills needed in Outdoor education.
This term, we are very excited to be starting Forest School. We are lucky enough to have the use of an area of woodland on the Ness, which is the ideal location for us to go out and explore, have fun and learn.
Forest School is an inspirational concept providing learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment. Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants. It is a perfect environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.
Forest School sessions will be led by Rebecca Edge who is a qualified leader of Forest School. Miss Edge is also a trained First Aider. She will be supported by teachers and support staff from the school.
All children from years 1 – 6 will have the opportunity to participate in one forestry session this term in their mixed year family groups. Each of these sessions will take place on a Friday afternoon.