Outdoor Education at Hazlegrove is a very seasonal affair. From making paper boats to sail in puddles on rainy days, to hunting for insects and butterflies in the summer sunshine, we always make the most of the weather and enjoy the elements.
Outdoor Education is part of the curriculum for pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5. Older pupils enjoy residential trips which build on the skills they have learnt and pupils in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to participate in the Exmoor Challenge.
In recent years, the children have taken part in the following activities:
Pupils in Years 3 enjoy a cook-out in the school grounds, and Year 4 spend a night under canvas during the annual camp out
Year 5 pupils spend four nights away at Naturesbase in Wales
Year 7 pupils spend a week away at the River Dart Activity Centre
Year 8 pupils have a leavers’ trip to an outdoor activity centre in Cornwall
One afternoon a week in the Lower School is spent on a huge range of activities, including gardening on the school farm, looking after the hens, willow weaving, navigating and mapreading, nature photography, and of course making dens in the woods.
Year 5 enjoy their carousel of activities including Archery, orienteering, natural navigation and kayaking.
To round off the year, our lower school children experience the joys of campfires and outdoor cooking with the camp-outs and cook-out. Year 4 put up their own tents, cook their own supper and sleep under canvas on the school grounds.
We believe in really making the most of our fantastic surroundings here at Hazlegrove, and aim to foster a love of the great outdoors in all of our pupils. It is always so worthwhile and a lot of fun to boot.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils can choose to put some of these skills to the test by electing to take part in the Exmoor Challenge which takes place on the Saturday of the first May Bank Holiday weekend each year. The children are put together in teams of 4 and have to follow a 16 mile prescribed (but not marked) route across Exmoor, arriving at checkpoints at specified times and answering questions along the way.
Hazlegrove pupils have had tremendous success in the Junior sections of this competition in recent years.