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40 Things to do before leaving Merefield

Over a pupil’s time at Merefield School we believe they should experience the outdoors.  This can be through play, Forest School, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, residential holiday and exploring our local community. 

There are 2 levels of award to make it accessible to all, Explorer and Adventurer.  Pupil’s can earn up to 4 different levels of certificates throughout their time here for achieving the experiences.  This can take as long as it is needed to work through and will be awarded as they are achieved.  

Bronze Award:                  10 Experiences

Silver Award:                     20 Experiences

Gold Award:                       30 Experiences

Platinum Award:              35+ Experiences

40 Things to do before you leave Merefield School!





  • Climb a tree
  • ‘Build’ or experience a den outdoors
  • Roll down a hill
  • Be rolled down a hill
  • Camp out
  • Have fun outside in the rain
  • Build a den
  • Feel or taste falling snow
  • Run around in the rain
  • Fly or watch a kite 
  • Skim a stone
  • Throw a stone in to a puddle of water
  • Fly a kite
  • Collect natural materials on a nature walk 
  • Eat an apple straight from a tree
  • Eat an apple straight from a tree
  • Play conkers
  • Make a mud pie
  • Throw some snow
  • Explore sand between your toes
  • Hunt for treasure
  • Explore natural treasure with all senses
  • Make a mud pie
  • Eat/smell/touch blackberries in the wild
  • Bury somebody in sand
  • Try abseiling or climbing
  • Set up a snail race
  • Explore a tree in every season 
  • Balance on a fallen tree
  • Feel like you’re flying in the wind
  • Swing on a rope swing
  • Feed birds or a duck
  • Make a mud slide
  • Bring up a butterfly 
  • Eat blackberries growing in the wild
  • Plant/grow/eat it
  • Take a look inside a tree
  • Roll or lie on the grass
  • Try abseiling or climbing
  • Use a watering can
  • Feel like you’re flying in the wind
  • Touch a bug
  • Climb a huge hill
  • Explore frogspawn 
  • Feed the birds/ducks
  • Discover what’s in a pond
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Experience a fire outdoors
  • Find some frogspawn
  • Cook on an outdoor fire
  • Catch/chase a butterfly
  • Explore a fire steel
  • Discover what’s in a pond
  • Discover what’s in a pond
  • Call an owl
  • Call an owl
  • Look in a rock pool
  • Make some outdoor perfume
  • Bring up a butterfly
  • Find a rainbow
  • Jump in puddles
  • Blow a dandelion clock/flower
  • Plant/grow/eat it
  • Watch a snail race
  • Go wild swimming
  • Have a picnic outdoors
  • Light a fire without matches
  • Go bird watching
  • Use a map
  • Throw the fallen leaves
  • Cook on a campfire
  • Build a sandcastle
  • Throw the fallen leaves
  •  Explore the outdoors with a magnifying glass
  • Go bird watching
  • Play ‘peek a boo’ from behind the trees
  • Make a home for a wild animal/bug
  • Have a story outdoors
  • Explore the  outdoors  barefooted
  • Explore the  outdoors barefooted