Watch outdoor learning in action!
Here is a sample of what outdoor learning activities we offer KS2 & 3 classes. Collaborative films, made with visiting schools show some of the activities pupils can enjoy. All can be tailored to the curriculum and the needs of your class.
Our quiet, beautiful fresh water habitat is the nursery for nearly every insect you can think of. Learn about the food webs that link everything together.
Beneath the logs and leaves, explore the wondrous variety of creepy crawlies! From the leopard slug to the millipedes and centipedes – it’s a magical mini-world!
A Day at The Bay
The Dover area is steeped in history. This coastal site overlooks the English Channel has been of great strategic importance from Roman times right through to WW2.
Learn to light a fire without matches. Collect kindling from the woods and strike a light with a flint and steel.
What makes a ‘brilliant residential’ at Rippledown
Connect with nature
The Outdoor Classroom needs children visiting it. The unique experience of an outdoor residential connects them with the natural world and opens up ways of living more sustainably.
Away from home
Being away from home is a learning tool in itself. Pupils develop life skills and improving team and class dynamics as well as self-awareness and individual confidence. Explore our hostel and grounds.
Awakening all five senses can provide a profound and fun-filled experience. Pupils can make sense of their surroundings in a way that’s not possible in the conventional classroom.
Long term experience
Since opening in 1977, Rippledown has welcomed over 40,000 primary school children from all parts of the South East England and Northern Europe. Yes Rippledown is celebrating it’s 40 anniversary in 2017!
Educational membership, accreditations & partners
Supporting the campaign for brilliant residentials
Accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
Members of the Institute for Outdoor learning
Working with CCCU to asses the effectiveness of our outdoor learning programme.
Prices & booking for school residentials 2017
|Per child, per night|
|PEAK - Apr to Oct||£55.00|
|OFF PEAK - Nov to Mar||£50.00|
|Outdoor Tutor & Extras|
|Camp Fire with Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows||£60|
Outdoor Tutor includes:
- Lesson plans
- Risk Assessments
One tutor is recommended for every 30 children
Free curriculum planning
We can create a
All essential kit is provided!
- Wet weather clothing
- Wellington boots
- Field studies equipment
- Resource materials
- Reference books
- Pens and paper
- Animal specimens
- A fantastic experience!