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Criftins Church of England Primary School

Outdoor Learning

Being a rural school making the most of the outdoor environment is at the heart of what we do.   All children have access to Forest School, and our curriculum starts with the children in our village accessing local knowledge which is important to them.  We believe in teaching children to live with their eyes wide open in their local area, to learn the history and geography in order to be proud of their place in the world stemming from a the rich heritage of those that have paved the way before us. We embrace opportunities to connect with other people and schools, and to establish a culture of life long learning for all. 

What have Eco Council been up to?

We are absolutely delighted to have received the LOtC Mark (Bronze). Outdoor Learning is a huge part of school life in Criftins.

Loving walking bus in the summer sun ☀️

Enjoy the outdoors with your friends

Stepping out is an important part of our curriculum.  Teaching children to cross roads safely wherever they might live is an essential life skill.   Thank you to Ray Hughes for his continued commitment to the children. 


I Enjoyed two great walks with year 3 and 4 yesterday morning. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity. Hopefully they all enjoyed it and found it helpful to consider safe walking along lanes and practice crossing the road. The children’s behaviour was superb and so nice to chat with them, keeping an eye on the road of course! It was really nice also, to walk across the fields - some nice improvements along the way such as fencing I don’t recall being there last time. Not too muddy either thanks to all the dry weather!


Ray Hughes

Active Travel and Road Safety Officer

Providing Road Safety Education on behalf of Shropshire Council

We are so fortunate to have such a brilliant site in Rural Shropshire. It is a perfect place to learn outdoors.

There is no better way to enjoy your local area than to join the walking bus every Monday and Thursday. We only stop when the route goes under water due to the ‘bog’ like nature of our soil. Come and join the bus it’s great fun.

Year of Green Action

We would like to say a huge thank you to Tom Brannigan from Natural England who has spent time working with our year 5 pupils on change.  We looked together at ways to reduce plastic, the children wrote some fabulous letters to some big companies to challenge their current practice and many responded, it is important for the children to know that we all need to do our bit to bring about change. We have really enjoyed having Mr Brannigan back in school, he was instrumental in setting up our pond area several years ago when he worked for the Environment Agency.  Partnership far and wide is what develops our school. 


We finished our project by visiting Formby Beach and taking part in a beach clean. We enjoyed seeing the difference that can be made by just picking up litter.  We went with the year five friends in our partner primary in Cockshutt, what a great day together.  We also had the opportunity to compare the locality with our own school area and look at a range of wildlife. So much learning, even the little things - if the wave goes over your welly you will get wet!


Have a a look at some photos of our work. 

Have a read below - we are delighted that our pupils received a response from some of the companies we wrote to.

A big thank you to the children for trekking to the Parish Hall to sing for the Senior Citizens