Outside the Classroom
The Holme Grange Outdoor Learning Programme is aimed at the group and the individual. On a group level it involves co-operation, tolerance, team-building, listening and leading. For the individual it engenders character, independence of spirit, resourcefulness, determination, resilience, self-reliance and self-discovery.
We view the development of the child holistically. From Year 3-8 the children are exposed to a variety of stimuli. It combines education, recreation and fun.
Our programme starts in the Early Years at Holme Grange and builds as the children progress through the School.
Our unique setting and Outdoor Learning ‘Hubs’ around the School support a range of outdoor Learning culminating in our older pupils leading others in team building activities in the TLC Hub.
We hope our programme instills in our children a curiosity, a sense of adventure, and a “can do” attitude that permeates through to their approach to other spheres of their young lives, and teaches them valuable lessons about themselves and others that will stand them in good stead for future years.
“She loved the teaching and trips at Holme Grange.”
Our programme takes the children to Bushcraft in Year 3 & 4, a curriculum field study trip to Aylmerton in Norfolk in Year 5, France in Year 6, an Independent Learning week in Cornwall in Y7&8 in addition to weekend trips and last year Iceland in Y7&8.
Keeping pets is an excellent way for children to learn about responsibility, as well as helping them to develop a kind, caring attitude towards both animals and people.
Our Little Grange pets are a constant source of delight. We have two hamsters, a guinea pig and a rabbit. The children enjoy learning to care for their every day needs and become aware of how to handle and feed them. Hoppy the rabbit loves to be taken for walks and to join in activities with the children.
In the Spring Term we incubated some duck eggs as part of our topic, knowledge and understanding of the world. The children were delighted to watch the eggs hatch and see the fluffy chicks in their pen before they returned to the farm.
The recent addition of the school Polytunnel provides a wealth of opportunities for all ages to learn. One of the most important factors of school gardening, is to educate children on growing and eating, giving them skills and knowledge they can take into adulthood.
Education about Healthy Eating can really begin, when children understand what it is they are eating and where it came from. Growing in a tunnel is a cross curricular activity. Be it measuring the height of a tomato plant or writing a report on the activities in the polytunnel, growing fits easily into Science, Maths and English.
The produce grown by the children is transferred into the School kitchens and enjoyed by pupils with their lunch.