At Lorton we are very proud of our residential programme which gives children from Year 3 upwards opportunities to spend some time away from home. The experiences are greatly valued by parents and children alike - and by the staff who get to know children in an 'out of school' situation.
Buttermere Youth Hostel
As a first 'taster' of some time away from home, children in Year 3 join Years 4,5 and 6 children on an overnight stay in early October at Buttermere Youth Hostel. We are not too far away from home, but far enough for the youngest children to feel independent for perhaps the first time. After leaving school, we sail eco friendly homemade boats, have dinner and complete activities such as marshmallow toasting, blind ropes trail and ghost stories before settling down for the night.
The next day the two separate classes complete two different walks which will bring to life an area of the curriculum that they have been studying in school. We have always accommodated children who may perhaps only feel ready for part of this experience by facilitating ways in which they can take part in only a couple of the different elements of the trip.
Coniston Youth Hostel and Skiddaw House
Following this experience, children in Years 3 and 4 are then ready for their summer term expedition. This alternates between a two night stay at Coniston Youth Hostel - where they have a focus based around PSHE - and a two night visit to Skiddaw House which focuses on learning about the mountain environment.
Newcastle and Barcaple
Having had several residential experiences by the time they reach Years 5 and 6 means that most, if not all, children are ready to spend a full 4 nights away from home. This alternates between a visit to a contrasting locality - Newcastle - where children visit Beamish, Bamburgh Castle, the Farne islands, a Sikh Temple, the LIFE science centre - and Barcaple in Southern Scotland for an outdoor pursuits week. Children return home from all our residentials tired and ready to see their families, but also with a great sense of achievement that they have looked after themselves (with support!) for several days.