Outdoor Learning

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We are proud to have achieved the Woodland Trust's Green Tree School Gold Award here at Queen's Hill Primary School!

At Queen's Hill Primary School not only do we use the spaces within our school but also the areas in Queen's Hill Country Park, we have woods near our school which the children visit to explore and investigate.  The children enjoy growing vegetables and fruit in the school gardens. The work which takes place outside is very practical and delivered in a small group situation so that understanding can be monitored immediately and misconceptions dealt with. An intensive scientific, practical and environmental understanding will be built as your child moves through school and will offer a very firmly established appreciation of the amazing world in which we live. The work our children are engaged in outside the classroom at Queen's Hill is well-planned with built in continuity and progression.

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This academic year (2020-2021) we are excited to announce that Mrs Geschke has joined our staff team here at Queen's Hill and will be running Outdoor Learning sessions with the children. 

As outdoor learning is an integral part of our curriculum it is really important that children come to school dressed appropriately for learning outdoors.

Learning Outdoors: Curriculum Days and Visitors

During our topic curriculum days we ensure where possible we take full advantage of making use of the outdoor spaces within the school. Some sessions are taught outside and we love having visitors into school to talk to us about wildlife and nature.

Learning Outdoors: School Trips

We make use of the amazing local outdoor facilities we have both in Norwich and Norfolk and allow children to experience new activities wherever possible, for example, Norwich Ski slope, seaside trips and walk into our local country park. Pupils in Key Stage 2 have a yearly camping residential as part of their curriculum entitlement.

Whitwell Camping Trip: Years 3, 4 and 5

Every year the children in Year 3, 4 and 5 go to Whitwell Hall to experience camping, cooking on fire and becoming more independent. The Year 5s stay for five days and are the Young Leaders - this means they have a special job to do every day and they also help the younger children to become more confident. The governors subsidise this school trip as they have been impressed with how the children show more resilience and maturity following this camp. We come back smelling of smoke but with some fantastic memories too!

Eaton Vale Camping Trip: Year 6

Annually our Year 6 pupils visit Eaton Vale where they stay for 3 days. The children get to take part in a wide range of outdoor pursuits, including rafting, kayaking and abseiling.