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Den-Building Day

Pupils from Southfield School took to the outdoors in June to raise money for charity with a new ‘Den Building Day’ which will see classes compete to create the best den. 

The money raised was donated to Save the Children and towards the development of the school’s Sensory Garden which is an important resource for the school’s outdoor learning curriculum.  The inaugural event took place on Friday 17th June.  This came towards the end of a busy academic year, during which pupils took part in an expanding curriculum of outdoor learning activities. 

In exchange for a small donation, pupils were allowed to attend school wearing non-uniform and the staff joined in the fun (as ever) with a camouflage / survival gear theme.  All the pupils were involved, with every class spending time during the week building and decorating their dens, many of which were then be moved into the school’s sensory garden for judging.

There was also miniature den building activities using Lego, camouflage style face painting, an arts and crafts activity to create personalised bunting for the dens and a raffle to raise more funds for charity.  Lunch and refreshments were served by staff and pupils, courtesy of Southfield’s catering students at their outstanding sixth form at the Pathfinder Vocational Centre. 

Zora Miller, Teacher and Outdoor Learning Leader said: “This is a really positive event which celebrates the many successes of our outdoor learning curriculum whilst raising money for charity.  This year our students have taken part in a range of outdoor learning activities including den building, sensory and literacy walks, gardening, camping and outdoor cooking.”

Jacqui Hill, Head of School said: “Outdoor learning is an important part of our curriculum which enables all of our students, regardless of their needs, to develop a range of skills and experience learning outside of the regular classroom environment.”

The event attracted press coverage in the Telegraph and Argus which is available to download below.