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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Learning

We strongly believe in providing our children with a range of opportunities that would not always experience within the school setting. As well as a range of school trips, each class has the opportunity to spend a day with a member of the school staff exploring one of our outdoor learning trips the following trips have been explored in the past two years:




Using the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen, which the children have learnt in class.  The children are introduced to a granite chair which was built for Bugle/Treverbyn school by Imerys nearly 15 years ago out in the clay trails. We swap 'The Bear Hunt' for 'The Chair Hunt'.  Following a series of picture clues and directions, the children pass through swishy, swashy grass,  deep thick squelchy mud, a stream, etc.  Many of the obstacles in the story are on the trail for them to negotiate.  They stop at each point and sing the 'We're Going on a Chair Hunt' song.


Educational links:


Sense of place (exploring local environments).  An awareness of wildlife (wild flower and animal identification).  Music.  Inspires imagination.  Cooperation (the group works together to follow the clues).  Directional and spatial awareness (lots of left/right work.  English (stimulus for class work) (preposition work - 'we can't go over it/round it/under it/through it').  A sense of adventure (being in a natural environment).


Year 1:


A trip to the Cearhays Estate to visit Barton Farm.  The main focus of the trip is the 'Lambing'.  The children learn about and get to see pregnant ewes as well as any new born lambs.  On multiple occasions the children have witnessed a lamb being born and its first few minutes as it climbs to its feet.  The children are able to physically and emotionally connect with the lambs as they take it in turns to hold one.  Whilst on the farm the children gain an insight into the other areas, such as the calves, cows, bulls, horses and sheep dogs.


Educational links:


Sense of place (exploring local environments).  An awareness of farming and 'Where our food comes from'.  Emotional and physical connections with animals.  Keeping healthy/safe (following rules and understanding dangers).



Year 2:


The children develop an understanding of Myths and Legends.  Discussions take place in the classroom exploring what a legend is.  Once we have established that Legends are based on some truth (a place/person/object) they investigate 'The Legend of Zennor' (a famous Cornish legend).  The children read and watch various versions of the story and then look deeper into which parts of the story could be true.  Using maps/village testimonials/photos the children determine that the main character did exist, Zennor is a real place, the 'Mermaid Chair' is a real object.  The children then visit St Senara's Church where the story is based and see for themselves where Matthew stood and sang in the choir, where the mysterious lady from the story would have sat, and they find the mermaid chair. 


The children come up with possible solutions as to the disappearance of Matthew, and using the evidence from their trip, draw their own conclusions.


Educational links:


Sense of place (exploring local environments).  Local stories/events.  Local community (children draw/write for the 'Mermaid Visitor's Book - stays in the church forever).  Problem solving.  Reasoning.  Exploration/adventure.  RE (Church visit).  Numeracy (dates on church walls and gravestones).  Literacy (understanding of myth/legends and how they evolve).  Adventurous activities (use of the adventure area at Heartlands after lunch). Verbal communication and use of language to express ideas.



Year 3/4:


Children pick up where they left off in Yr 2 of their exploration of Cornish myths/legends.  This time they explore the legend of John of Gaunt, a giant who came to a sticky end on Carn Brea Hill near Camborne.   The children have previously seen photographs of 'The Giant's Head' - where apparently John of Gaunt turned to stone.  The children use what they learnt in Yr 2 and question what may or may not be the truth behind this tale.  They explore Carne Brea Hill discussing everything of interest as they search for The Giant’s Head.  We discover many granite rocks that take the form of animals.  We also find the remains of ancient stone age settlements. The children have magnificent views of key points across Cornwall.  In the distance seeing the Penwith area where they investigated the Legend of Zennor.  They use an OS map and line it up with features to find out which hill top John's enemy, Bolster. may have lived on.  Finally they discover the Giant's head, but realise that they had already walked past it, and from a different direction, looks nothing like a head. 


Educational links:


Sense of place (exploring local environments) (mining heritage).  Local stories/events.  Local community (children draw/write for the 'Mermaid Visitor's Book - stays in the church forever).  Problem solving.  Reasoning.  Exploration/adventure.  Literacy (understanding of myth/legends and how they evolve).  Adventurous activities (rocky paths and steep hills/awe inspiring views/geological features).  Pushing boundaries and comfort zones. Verbal communication and use of language to express ideas.  Geography (map work).  Exploring a natural environment/habitat. 


Year 5/6:


Outdoor education at Porthcothan Bay.  The children are involved in a series of outdoor problem solving/team building tasks that involve cooperation with and consideration to others.  The tasks are active, physical and cognitively challenging.  They undertake work concerning coastal erosion and see examples of crack/caves/archways and stacks.  They understand why Porthcothan is a special place for interesting finds landing on the beach from Labrador in Canada and as far off as the Amazon (sea currents are discussed and how the Gold Stream curls its way around and then begins to lose energy off of this coast, depositing items from far off countries. They learn about tides and how the moon is the cause of them.  They learn about beach safety.  They explore a variety of beach environments such as dunes/splash zone/upper middle lower zone.


Educational links:


Sense of place (exploring local environments) (comparing the Atlantic Ocean coast with the nearer home coast of the English Channel).  Awareness of natural environments Geography/Science (coastal erosion/tides/moon/ocean currents/habitats).  Problem solving (cooperation/physical and cognitive development/self-esteem/confidence).  Verbal communication and use of language to express ideas.  Art (sketching geographical features).  




Each year the pupils in Years 5 and 6 are offered the opportunity to take part in a school residential. This off site residential offers the children the chance to take part in a range of different activities. Over the past 5 years the children have attended camps in various different Cornwall Outdoors sites across Cornwall. They will engage in climbing, archery, den building, raft building and various water sport activities. Whilst on these trips’ children are encouraged to challenge themselves, try new things and push themselves in different ways. In the coming year we aim to broaden children’s cultural experiences by offering a city residential.