At Carrdus School, we understand the importance of offering an inspiring and stimulating environment in which to develop; our site enables us to bring our learning to life outdoors, whether it is making woodland crafts in Nursery and Reception or experimenting with the scientific states of matter in Year 4.
Every year when the grass turns a rich green and the leaves turn a beautiful burnt orange, Carrdus School, set in its 11 acres of lawn and woods, welcomes Autumn with open arms.
Woodland animals lurk in the large oak trees which adorn the perimeter of our school whilst abundant insects weave around the various habitats, waiting to be discovered by little hands with a thirst for learning.
This is the time to get outside and, on this same week every year, we take our learning out of the classroom and into our natural surroundings for Outdoor Learning Week, an event which is eagerly anticipated by our children in all year groups.
Outdoor Learning Week is all about building shelters, exploring bug hotels, using conkers in Maths and finding natural resources to make Music in the woods; just some of the activities the children can get involved in while getting lots of fresh air, enjoying space in which to be creative and developing respect for nature.
There is something very exciting about donning your puddle suit and wellies and stomping around outside, come rain or shine, on an adventure of discovery; you really can feel the buzz of energy around the school. It is certainly not every day that the children are treated to Science experiments around the fire pit, finished off with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.
We hope that by getting out of the classroom and instilling our Carrdus Pathway ethos, along with our Forest School programme and weekly Learning Outside the Classroom (LOC) sessions, our children will become independent, confident and resilient individuals, enjoying their time at school and arming them with the skills required to move on to their secondary education.