Outdoor Learning is an important part of the broad and balanced curriculum at Silverwood School. We see the importance of encouraging our pupils to interact with the world around them and develop their ability to manage risks in a safe environment.
Through Outdoor Learning, we work to develop the pupil’s tolerance and respect for each other and their environment as well as developing self-esteem and instilling our positive values.
Pupils take part in a wide range of Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) activities as part of their normal lessons but also have a dedicated LOtC curriculum. Our Tree Awards have developed as a progressive curriculum that runs throughout KS3 at the Rowde campus. Pupils take part in a range of activities including bushcraft skills, gardening and caring for our farm animals to gain their awards.
At KS4 some of our pupils complete a WJEC Preparing for work qualification in Land based studies including Horticulture and Animal care. Pupils also have the option to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award while at the school which includes Volunteering with woodland management on site, developing their expedition skills and completing their Expedition sections.
By supporting our staff through training and development to enhance their skills we are able to provide an award winning program of Outdoor Learning that meets the individual needs of all pupils.
The facilities at Silverwood School provide an inspiring learning environment and include a 20 acre campus with woodlands, a Victorian walled garden, a farm animal area and a purpose built Outdoor Learning centre. Our sixth form college has a well-developed sensory garden, including water feature, a poly tunnel and an outdoor café area for pupils to run.
The opportunities for LOtC aslo include visits into the local communities to help our students find their place in the community and develop essential life skills.