Outdoor Learning

At Cliffdale Primary Academy we offer all our pupils adventurous, memorable and challenging experiences through outdoor learning.

We endeavour to foster self-esteem and self-confidence in outdoor settings, enhance personal and social development and teach pupils how to develop their resilience and deal with emotions through simple problem solving, critical thinking and team work. We do this by taking the classroom outside, giving pupils direct experiences with the outdoors using both our own grounds and places off site.

Outdoor adventurous activity offers pupils the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities such as kayaking, climbing, horse riding and archery. We use the facilities available in the local community at Fort Purbrook, Fort Widley and North Harbour Lake.

Learning in the outdoor environment brings subjects like communication, PSHE, maths, English and science to life. Whilst also providing opportunities to learn skills of enquiry, experimentation and cooperative learning. It encourages pupils to develop confidence in outdoor settings and to use the setting for imaginative play. We encourage pupils to learn through what they encounter, investigate and discover, in a safe arena where their actions have all kinds of possible consequences.