Scroll to content
Thomlinson Junior School home page

Thomlinson Junior School

Learning through experience and adventure

Outdoor Education

Outdoor learning involves the transformation of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours through direct engagement with the outdoor environment for the personal and social benefit of individuals, families, society and the planet.

Institute for Outdoor Learning, 2020


The Great Outdoors

Thomlinson Junior School is privileged to be located in one of the UK’s most beautiful and unspoilt areas, just a short distance from the Cumbrian coast’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the spectacular landscape of the English Lake District.


We aim to take maximum advantage of our surroundings as a means to enrich our student’s school experience and build personal confidence; developing in them a deep appreciation of the natural world and instilling a life-long love of healthy living and positive exercise.


The skills, physical co-ordination, personal knowledge and confidence developed through Outdoor Learning help out students to grow into healthy, active and creative young people.  Thomlinson children of all ages have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of challenging and exciting outdoor trips, events and activities.  As a result, but Year 6 our students have developed an impressive self confidence and a healthy level of independence.


Thomlinson Junior School has a well established programme of outdoor activities and provides every child with the opportunity to take part in residential experiences across each year group.  We aim to provide enriching learning experiences in the outdoors which are linked to the curriculum.  There is a strong focus on team building and children gain experiences in outdoor pursuits.  Our outdoor curriculum also incorporates days where each year group spends valuable time out and about engaging in activities which support the wider curriculum.


Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions have had a big impact on our residential programme since March 2020 however, we are using this as an opportunity to redevelop the trips and residentials that we offer to ensure all children have the chance to experience a wide and varied range of activities and experiences.  


School Trips and Charges

During their time here at Thomlinson Junior School, every student will also have the chance to go on school outings and visits, including residentials, that form a valuable additional learning opportunity.  School trips vary from year-to-year, depending on the curriculum and changing circumstances.


Unfortunately in these times of austerity the voluntary contribution solicited from parents in the run-up to these excursions is the only way in which they can normally be financed.  However, if there is a case of special financial hardship, Cumbria school’s scheme of assistance can sometimes be accessed by parents/carers in strict confidence through the Headteacher. Visit our Charging and Remissions page for more information.