At Aveton Gifford C of E Primary School, we currently offer residential experiences for all children in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. We have deliberately ensured each year group from Year 2 upwards has a residential experience as we feel it continually develops the whole child.
The aims of these visits are:
- To introduce children to a variety of environmental and outdoor activities.
- To develop important life skills, including team building and taking responsibility for themselves and others.
- To build self-confidence, self-esteem and to independently achieve.
- Experiencing time away from their usual routine and challenging their ability to adapt to new surroundings.
As a 'taster' residential the Year 2 children get to experience a one night 'Sleep-over' in school during the summer term. This gives pupils their first experience of staying away from home in a new setting, pupils attending this are more confident when they attend the Year 3/4 camp.
Building upon the pupils one-night experience they then attend an over-night stay at a local Devon location when in Year 3 & 4.
Pupils in Year 5 & 6 attend a 2 night 3 day residential which is based within the South West.
The progressive approach to residential trips has helped our pupils develop confidence, independence and ultimately better enjoyment of their times together.
What did the pupils think about our residential to Balcombe Camp?
"I loved making our own pizzas for dinner. They were really easy to make and tasted really nice!" Fleur, Year 4
"I was really proud of myself because I was really nervous but I had such a good time. I loved spending time with my friends!" Oli, Year 4
"I loved playing in the woods with my friends and going on the zip wire!" Harley, Year 4