During 'Fun Friday' some Key Stage 1 pupils helped with some gardening.

In the morning pupils helped to tidy up the wood, removing ivy from trees and picking up stray twigs and branches. After this the pupils tidied up the Key Stage 2 garden and planted some winter plants and herbs.

In the afternoon pupils helped to tidy up the infant playground by clearing up leaves and twigs. After this the pupils tidied up the Key Stage 1 garden and planted some spring bulbs.

Outdoor Learning

 Adventure Learning Overview

As an accredited Adventure Learning School, we have a commitment to children being actively involved in the learning process, from initial ideas as research questions to follow up, to setting targets for achievement and involving our parents in evaluating project outcomes. At Broadoak, we are committed to developing children's academic progress, in addition to personal qualities of independence, self confidence, self discipline, problem solving ability and collaborative skills.  We do this through the process of enquiry, learning challenges and outdoor adventure learning. The outcomes for children are evident in the standards of attainment and progress achieved, engagement and enjoyment in learning, quality of relationships, attendance and quality of pupil care throughout the school.

Extracts from the accreditation report (below) highlight the strengths of the school in achieving a consistent approach to adventure learning.

The curriculum supports students with personalised pathways and there is a strong emphasis on an enquiry based approach. Much thought is given to developing conceptual understanding and basic use of a learning hook to engage students. 

 There is a significant and pervasive emphasis on learning outside the classroom with pupils moving into the outdoor area within the school as a matter of course. This has become habitual. It is in the DNA of the school and the pupils are very articulate about how and why they learn outside. 

School leadership is strong and principled leadership driven by clear educational objectives to ensure high consistency across the school. The Head maximises the time and environment available and sets high standards. Leadership maximises the presence of adults with the use of teaching assistants in the team.

Teachers are sophisticated in their use of the outdoors to enhance subject knowledge and team work. The use of residential experiences has been influential in helping pupils to develop a view on how they learn. Teachers use the information gained during a residential to provide personalised approaches back at school. The development of independence and enquiry are seen as the top benefits of using residentials. 

You can find adventure learning activities throughout this site, including class web pages, curriculum subjects - PE for example, the gallery and under school information.  There's always something exciting going on at Broadoak to actively engage our children and parents.  

Introducing Forest Schools at Broadoak

This year, we are excited to launch our Forest School programme.  Forest School is a nationally accredited programme that provides learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment. Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Forest School embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.

Forest Schools in Year 2 (With a focus on special trees, stories and myths)

During the Summer Term Year 2 are starting to follow the forest school programme. 

After a lovely gift from our special tree (Friendship bracelets) we have decided to return to the tree wth our own gift

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Forest Schools in Year 3 (With a stone age twist)

During the Spring Term Year 3 are starting to follow the forest school programme for the stone age. 

Colour bashing - we have used a stone and leaf technique to create a interesting background for our forest school flags

Working together to make paintbrushes- We used sticks and natural materials to make our own paintbrushes.

Using colourful mud we painted designs onto our forest school flags.

Learning to tie a clove hitch knot.

Our self made stone age axes and spears.

Here see children showing off their amazing Stone Age axes and spears made today by making a clove hitch to attach string to a stick and then lashing around the slate stone!!! Forest School activities are going well so far!!

Introducing Forest Schools in Year 1

During the Autumn term it was time for 'Year 1A and Year 1C children to try out 'Forest school' sessions.

Blindfold trust exercise.

Knot tying...

Making and following a trail.

Final forest school session - tent making.