In June 2011 we were accredited as one of the country’s first Adventure Learning Schools as part of a pilot programme in Cumbria. The accreditation process looked at many aspects of our school. These were adventure learning and the wilderness experience, the curriculum, teaching and learning, leadership and school improvement, organisational design and resources and partnerships.
In practice this means that our children are often being taught outside the classroom, are often taken on visits and have visitors come into school, take part in learning expeditions linked to our whole school cross curricula theme, focus upon literacy, numeracy and ICT as essential skills. Learning is therefore real and relevant and develops involvement and participation.
As part of the Adventure Learning process we have developed a crew structure in school where the children on their arrival in school are assigned to a crew. These are Curlews, Oystercatchers and Lapwings and a child is in their crew for the duration of their time here with us. These crews are used to enhance our positive behaviour curriculum and reward system and some of the Year 6’s, as they leave, receive ‘Crew Colours’ for their contribution.
On a half termly basis the children work for a day with their crew investigating a pre-planned theme. Last term the theme was the Settle to Carlisle railway and involved collaborative displays of poetry and art and each crew investigating the line from a differing standpoint.