A session based around sustainable design, thinking and resource use. Using the inspirational Footprint building as a stimulus we will explore the materials and choices made in its design and construction.

Session outline

A materials “treasure hunt” is a fun way to explore the Footprint Building and gives us a starting point for discussing the materials and choices made in its design. This leads onto topics around lifecycles, natural materials, properties of materials, weather, mathematics and design. In groups, we will investigate the properties of the different materials used and carry out some scientific experiments. In the afternoon we will explore the woodlands and work in groups to use the natural materials around us to construct mini natural shelters.

Curriculum links

Standard Primary Curriculum areas covered: Design and Technology; Biology; Physics; Writing; Speaking and Listening; Geography; Physical Education and Modern Language.

The detail and level will be adapted to be age appropriate. In addition, pupils will develop their team working and communication skills. All sessions are designed with holistic learning in mind and aim to develop the heart, head and hand. A culture of care and respect for ourselves, each other, and the environment are encouraged throughout.

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I have sat down a few times trying to write an email to you both, but found it hard to find the words to show my gratitude for all your wonderful care and hard work you put into our brilliant camp.

Your care and kindness was amazing, you made the whole experience special and wonderful for us all. The pupils loved every second and were so proud of their achievements in the woods. They came alive in a woodland environment, they were happy and fully engaged in everything you provided. The parents have told me how much their children enjoyed their woodland camp and I really feel it is something every child should do.
Your organisation was just brilliant, seamlessly from one activity to another, the resources, activities, food and everything was just remarkable. All the teachers were blown away.

Thank you so very much again. I am booking my family in for the family woodland camp in May and our pupils back in next July.

Year 3 Class Teacher