Outdoor Learning

Learning new skills outside the classroom at ESMS Junior School

At ESMS Junior School the children take part in a wide range of outdoor activities and residential field trips from age 3 upwards

From Forest Kindergarten for Nursery and Primary 1 children, to the JASS awards scheme for Primary 5-7 as well as residential camps from Primary 4 onwards, the children learn to explore nature, overcome physical challenges, test their commitment and their resolve, build their confidence and have fun with their friends in the great outdoors.  

Forest Kindergarten

Nursery and Primary 1 children have the chance to take part in our Forest Kindergarten initiatives. These take place outdoors in the extensive school grounds, supported and encouraged by recognised Forest Kindergarten leaders.

Activities include:

  • Hunting for minibeasts
  • Natural crafts - grass-weaving, picture-making
  • Mud sculptures
  • Shelter building
  • Knot tying
  • ​Tree climbing

Residential Camps for Primary 4-7

Each session Primary 4-7 are always excited to go on camp held at Belmont, Castle Toward, Lagganlia and Hexham. These camps include a wide variety of outdoor activities such as climbing, canoeing, boating, walking, and archery as well as the opportunity to toast marshmallows around the camp fire!

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) 

The JASS programme is the equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme which is popular with Secondary School children. The programme is available to all Primary 5, 6 and 7 children and offers recognition in four key areas – regular physical activity, exploring personal interests, working for the good of the community or the environment and completing an outdoor activity or challenge. 

Outdoor Education at The Junior School helps the children to become more confident and to develop skills, interests and friendships that last a lifetime.