The South Hetton partnership has developed a series of residential experiences and opportunities from Foundation Stage, through Key Stages 1 and 2 (primary) and into Key Stage 3 (secondary).
The aim is to enable smooth transition between key phases in school when children, and especially some vulnerable groups of children, can become disengaged with learning. The schools wanted KS2 children in particular to have the opportunity to mix and work with others who would be going to the same comprehensive school to help to alleviate the worries of joining a new school.
The residentials are designed to incorporate and build on the schools’ existing established curriculum (Curriculum for Life – C4L). Through it, the partner schools work to engage children in designing, creating, and driving residential opportunities.
The majority of children come from very disadvantaged backgrounds and many lack experience of other places and the kind of social skills that outdoor learning fosters. The schools’ aim is to include as many children as possible on all outdoor learning experiences. The project is working to increase engagement with parents, challenging parental and student attitudes towards learning outside the classroom, with a view to changing what is an historically insular community’s view of their location.
“No wonder my children love to come to school, they have so many opportunities.”
Parent, South Hetton Partnership