Inspired by the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ initiative, and keen to build on the importance we place on outdoor learning, we have developed the idea of creating a list of memorable experiences to offer pupils during their time at school.
We have drawn on experiences and ideas that we currently offer the pupils such as light a fire and cook on it and learn to swim, we have ‘borrowed’ some ideas from the National Trust’s great list (for example make a mud pie, discover what’s in a pond), and also came up with some new ones that we think are really important to offer pupils, like listen to a live orchestra and contribute to a school blog”.
Of course, we still teach all the statutory national curriculum subjects too, we just like to offer our pupils something more!
Light a fire and cook on it
Create a mini-movie
Go to the seaside and paddle
Here is the full list:
• Light a fire and cook on it • Climb a tree • Go to the theatre • Listen to a live orchestra • Meet an author/storyteller • Have a sleepover • Go to the seaside and paddle • Play in a stream • Go to a farm • Create a mini-movie • Bake a cake • Read a great book • Hold a mini-beast • Grow and eat own food • Learn to swim • Create wild art • Compete in a sports team • Go on a coach or train • Paint a masterpiece • Build a den (for people and animals!) • Hatch a chick/butterflies • Taste exotic fruit • Contribute to a school blog • Take part in an assembly/school production • Go to an art gallery • Contribute to a whole school art project • Work with younger and older children • Visit a place of worship • Make something to sell • Learn from older members of our community • Run around in the rain • Fly a kite • Make a mud pie • Play in the snow • Make a daisy chain • Pick blackberries growing in the wild • Discover what’s in a pond • Sing in a big group • Meet an Olympic gold medallist • Write to a child in Kenya