At Twyford we believe wholeheartedly that outdoor learning is key to nurturing a healthy mind and body. This philosophy is at the core of ‘Twyford Explorers;’ our comprehensive outdoors learning and pursuits programme.
Within our grounds we have extensive woodlands where children can explore the natural world. Our bespoke woodland shelter is popular as an outdoor learning centre, a location for pitching tents, evening stories and a gathering point for woodland projects. Children often cook around the fire pit, make pitta bread or toast marshmallows.
A key part of our Twyford Explorers programme is teaching bushcraft skills to enable the children to enjoy the great outdoors safely and confidently. This programme encompasses many elements both within the school grounds and off site from Nursery to Year 8, with the level of taught skills gaining complexity with each year group. The Pre-Prep children follow our Come Rain Come Shine woodland programme. In the Prep our programme extends to outdoor pursuits that include residential adventure training trips that extend both in length and skill base as the children advance through the School. Children experience climbing, orienteering, sailing and canoeing trips through their time at Twyford to places such as:
Year 3 – Foxlease, Hampshire
Year 4 – Calshot, Hampshire
Year 5 – Ferny Crofts, New Forest
Year 6 – Chateau in Normandy, France; Youlbury Scout Adventures, Oxfordshire,
Year 7 – Outward Bound, Aberdovey, Wales
Year 8 – Outdoor pursuits , Pembrokshire, Wales