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.
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. The activities are focussed on building upon resilience and determination, independence and confidence, teamwork, creativity, pride and responsibility.
Children have the privilege of partaking in a number of school trips throughout the year. The trips form a basis to extend and consolidate learning. The children have been on a range of trips which include, river studies at Horton Kirby, Kidzania, Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, a whole school trip to Greenwich Park and the Maritime Museum. At the end of the terms we find that the children thoroughly enjoy these trips and are keen to talk and write about their experiences when they return to school.