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Redwood Park Academy

Outdoor Learning

At Redwood Park we aim to routinely offer pupils adventurous, memorable and challenging experiences through outdoor learning.

Through outdoor learning we can foster deeper relationships with each other and the world around us. Outdoor learning is an integral part of our curriculum and timetabled weekly with the aim of taking the classroom outside, giving pupils direct experiences with the outdoors both on and offsite.

We use our grounds including garden areas and an environmental area.  Offsite we visit a range of places including Fort Purbrook, North Harbour Lake and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.  Pupils take part in a wide range of activities such as kayaking, orienteering, bush craft, archery, cycling, target shooting, horse riding and climbing. 

We run a number of residential visits throughout the year to Chichester Harbour, Dartmoor and Dorest. These visits allow pupils to encounter experiences that are unavailable in the classroom. They can help pupils to develop initiative, resourcefulness and independence. It also helps develop emotional and physical well-being, develops environmental awareness and interpersonal skills.

We encourage pupils to learn, investigate, experiment, explore and co-operate in a safe environment. Pupils successfully face up to challenges, overcoming fears along the way. Outdoor Education helps to promote a positive attitude to learning and forms an important part of our school ethos.

The benefits this brings include: