Outdoor & Adventurous Education
At Croftlands we are extremely fortunate to have our own wooded area at the end of the playing field and we are currently developing its use. We are training a member of staff to be a qualified Forest school Practitioner and we also employ the occasional services of another local practitioner. Every child in the Lower School will be able to have Forest school every year and the intention is to extend this into the Upper School.
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each child has an opportunity to develop motivation and emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness, can be developed to reach personal potential. Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis. Through play they have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
In Year 4 the children visit Water Park, by Coniston Water, for a day of outdoor activities.
In Year 6 there is a three day residential visit to Robinwood Outdoor Activity Centre at Alston. The programme includes team-building activities, problem-solving, climbing, archery, caving and canoeing.