Learning Outside the Classroom

Posted: 10th September 2021

Pupils in Years 5 to 8 have enjoyed three days of learning outside the classroom this week.

Pupils in Year 5 spent a wonderful few days camping at Polly Joke – the first time for some under canvas!  The children visited Newquay Zoo where they learnt about penguin habitats and listened to a most engaging talk from one of the zoo keepers about the animals of the savannah. On Wednesday, they sketched and drew in the serenely tranquil Japanese Gardens where statues, beautifully shaped shrubs, ornate bridges and ponds of koi carp captured the children’s imagination. Their final day was spent body-boarding and learning to surf on sunny Fistral Beach, followed by a talk from the RNLI coast guard about safety in the sea, flag knowledge and how to look after our coastline. Tired but happy children returned to school having had a lovely time making new friends and cementing old friendships, with lots of fun, laughter and sand!

Year 6 pupils stayed at Nun’s Cross Farm, where they spent some time studying the locality for plant and animal species. The children tested their courage and resilience by abseiling down The Dewerstone and hiking across the moor to Crazywell Pool in the rain.  On Thursday, the much anticipated bog run was followed by a leap of faith into the quarry. A magnificent and challenging time was had by all.

Pupils in Year 7 spent three fantastic days camping at Ezenridge Farm. Although they experienced a variety of weather conditions, their spirits were not dampened and they showed phenomenal resilience and determination. Activities included team building tasks, a bog run and quarry jump, camp games and singing. On Thursday, pupils were engaged in biology lessons on the farm, art by the river, maths sessions and camp building skills. A brilliant few days for all.

Year 8 pupils spent Tuesday morning in Tintagel carrying out a tourism survey with members of the public and completing street transects. This was followed by a sunny coastal walk to study erosion and mining, and rounded off with a quick dip at Trebarwith Strand before the tide came in. Despite the rain on Thursday, pupils had a wonderful time learning how to navigate for themselves during an orienteering day in Haldon Forest Park.

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Categories: Academic Expeditions