Curriculum for Excellence Fact File: Outdoor Education

Current Outdoor Learning activities:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
    This group remains as active as ever.
    Currently we have 60 pupils at Bronze level, led by Ben Davenport, Adam Reed, Gillian Kelly and Nicky Docherty. Alison Coleman, Holly Davidson and Colleen XXXX share a group of 45 pupils carrying out their Silver award and finally Katy Robertson and Krysia Smyth have 28 Gold students. Dave Hill oversees the whole scheme.
  • Bike Club
    Whatever the weather the bike club meets on Tuesdays after school and they go on rides. They tend to favour the teashop approach rather than the all-terrain mud path adventure. Visits by bike mechanics allow the pupils to use school bikes that are in good condition and it also gives them a chance to gain valuable bike maintenance skills. This active group is run by Ben Davenport.
  • Eco Group
    The Eco Group, under Holly Davidson, is working towards the schools green flag award and as part of this they are very active in litter patrols around the school grounds. They are doing lots of other things too but they’re all indoors!.
  • Outdoor Classroom
    We officially opened our outdoor classroom in an evening of celebration. Pupils, parents and sponsors attended the event and George Anderson of Beechgrove Garden declared the classroom open. After an indoors introduction and welcome the group was led to the Outdoor Classroom by the school pipe band where George spoke and declared the area open. Gordon Rutter (Outdoor Learning Coordinator for RHS) spoke about the work that would be carried out there and the evening was completed with a recitation from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, some fire breathing and hot drinks and cakes courtesy of the Habitats for Humanity group.
    Since then the classroom has been used for a wide range of educational opportunities including lessons in Biology, Geography, History and Art, as well as Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and initial teacher training.
    Several groups of pupils are currently involved in a programme of tree planting to enhance the area around the Outdoor Classroom. Once completed his will be followed by the planting of a wildflower area.
  • Global Outdoor Classroom Day
    On Thursday the 18th of May 2017 The Royal High School took part in the Global Outdoor Classroom Day event. This is part of a worldwide initiative to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. We were part of 2 million children in over 100 countries outdoors on the same day. Over one third of the available RHS pupils took part and they were treated to two excellent workshops from Sally Eaton from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and Anne Youngman from the Bat Conservation Trust. We’re already planning the May 17th event for this year and hoping to increase further the number of pupils participating.
  • Pedal on Parliament
    In April 2018 there will (for the first time ever) an organised group from The Royal High School taking part in the annual Pedal on Parliament – a cycle ride from the Meadows to Holyrood, followed by speeches from politicians and lobby groups from all parts of the political spectrum. This is a chance for us at RHS to show how important we feel cycling provision is.
  • Weather Station
    We have a mobile weather station which any class can use and place where they wish. This can be used to give a wide range of readings from the area chosen. These can be compared to weather forecasts and other locations. We have a link to weather stations locally, nationally and internationally so weather comparisons can be wide at a wide range of levels. Historical data is also available to show trends in particular areas.

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