Mackenzie Thorpe Centre

The Mackenzie Thorpe Centre is an independent specialist school based in South Bank, Redcar and Cleveland for pupils aged 5-19

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodiverse people to fulfil their potential in life.

On Thursday 11th May 2023, students at The Mackenzie Thorpe Centre took part in an outdoor education assembly. The aim of the assembly was to introduce learners to outdoor education and allow them opportunity to understand and experience the benefits of outdoor education.  Benefits such as- creativity, adventure, benefits to mental health and well-being, developing personal fitness and socialisation with peers.  Learners listened to a presentation outlining the benefits of outdoor education and they were asked to consider ways in which we can care for the environment around us.   


As part of the assembly, learners were given the opportunity to create their own paint by crushing raspberries. This sensory activity allowed learners to see what nature could offer in terms of creating vibrant colours for their artwork.  Learners were also encouraged to be creative and make pictures using other materials sourced from the natural world, such as twigs and leaves.   Learners got their hands dirty when potting up some plants of their own- using the pots, compost and seeds available. Learners were then encouraged to take part in a scavenger hunt, exploring the natural world around them, to see what they could find in the springtime climate.   

What a great way to kick start outdoor education month, with more to follow for the learners at Mackenzie Thorpe.