Focus On: Hilltop Outdoor Centre

Date Posted: 17/04/2015

Last week a one-of-a-kind Air Jump experience was launched at Hilltop Outdoor Centre in Norfolk, adding to the centre’s long list of options for a school trip…

On 9th April a 16-metre tall jumping tower was unveiled at Hilltop Outdoor Centre. One of its kind in the UK, the tower allows visitors to leap from heights of up to 33 feet and freefall onto a giant air bag below.  

For school groups, the tower offers pupils a chance to get out of their comfort zones, to get active, and to build relationships with their peers.

However, Air Jump is just the latest in a long list of options that Hilltop offers schools. The centre regularly hosts school trips, and each visit is tailored towards the school visiting.  

Around ten to 12 weeks before any educational visit, Hilltop writes a programme of activities for them. Groups tend to be split up into teams of eight to ten pupils, who complete a range of activities in rotation.

Visits can be arranged to combine a range of active experiences and study sessions linked to the National Curriculum.

Some of the activity highlights include…

The new 3D climbing maze – this activity requires pupils to work as a team to solve the 3D puzzle of the maze.  

The assault course – this tests pupil’s problem solving and communication skills.

The super 3G swing

Some of the study session highlights include…

Woodland Life Study – Students check-in to a ‘bug hotel’ of creepy crawlies and learn through games and activities about food chains, habitat and adaptation of the woodland.

Bush Craft Study – This session focuses on survival. Using only natural materials, pupils can learn how to make shelters and keep warm in the woodland environment. They also discover how to build and light a fire to heat food without the use of matches.

Pond Life – Students can get hands-on with all things slimy and aquatic. They can capture and identify specimens of amphibians, mini beasts and plants to look at the lifecycles within Hilltop’s onsite pond.

Coastal Erosion – This session takes place on Overstrand Beach.  Groups get the sand between their toes and clay over their hands as they use buckets and spades to explore the natural processes along the north Norfolk coast. This study can also focus on climate change.

Rocky Sea Shore – In amongst the rock pools at West Runton Beach, white plastic trays are transformed into carefully created mini rock pools and pupils are challenged to discover the very best hiding places for surprising creatures and vegetation.

Longshore Drift Study – Pupils visit the north Norfolk coast kitted up as a geologist to explore how incredible amounts of material are constantly transported along the coast and deposited to form new land.

Rivers studies – Groups investigate the flow, current, X sections, meanders, erosion and pollution at a quaint shallow river, using a combination of yellow ducks and Maths equations.

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