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 just wanted to thank you again for our Bushcraft Camp this week. It was just brilliant- it was so wonderful to see the children enjoying every single part of the camp and taking risks that they'd never otherwise have taken at this age. The new location is great- they loved being able to explore the area. I am always nervous about how the children will react to sleeping away from their parents for the first time, but I think the combination of the excitement about the activities and the atmosphere that you create seems to override all their worries. It has been the highlight of my school year and I'm sure it has been the highlight of theirs! Especially with the new 'rigorous' testing and standards that have been introduced this year, I was feeling a bit disheartened with it all, but this made me feel like we had provided the children with a genuine and meaningful learning experience."

Class teacher Year 2