Learning outside and beyond the classroom
Children at Thames are given the chance to become young explorers of the great outdoors at a number of locations such as Beacon Fell, Brock Bottom, Warton Crag, Parlick Fell and Nicky Nook. These trips help to support the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering our children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
Thames’ Outdoor Education programme also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness. During our time outdoors we regularly see the enjoyment and sense of wonder and excitement that is generated when the children actively engage with their environment.
Our children get the opportunity to explore hidden ruins, drink hot chocolate in the woods, learn how to use a flint and steel, go geocaching, participate in team building activities and much more. During our adventures we also follow the National Trusts 50 ultimate activities to do before you’re 11 ¾, below are some of the activities that we cover;
#04 – Build a den
#18 – Create some wild art
#21 – Forage for wild food.
#31 – Make friends with a bug
#01 – Get to know a tree
#22 – Find some funky fungi
#05 – Skim a stone
#34 – Discover wild animal clues
#09 – Eat a picnic in the wild
#02 – Roll down a really big hill
#45 – Find your way with a map
#28 – Climb a huge hill
How many have you done? Follow the link below to see the full list of 50 activities;