Our school is situated on a beautiful site with rolling fields surrounding the school field, garden and outdoor classroom. These are used extensively for various activities and lessons throughout the year.
Our children benefit enormously from spending time outside, exploring the natural world, and applying some of their numeracy and literacy skills as well as developing their independent learning styles. Being outside gives them opportunities to do things in different ways and on different scales, to learn about the various natural habitats and to experience the changing weather and seasons.
By participating in an enormous range of practical activities, our youngsters learn how to keep themselves and each other safe and how to work together on various projects.
All this has a positive impact on our children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of their development.
Learning outdoors can be a valuable tool to bring new concepts and ideas alive. Through Outdoor learning we aim to introduce the children to common birds, trees and animals and encourage them to look out for them in the wider world. We aspire to children being be able to name and talk confidently about their habitats, food requirements and how to respect living things. We develop and skills of co-operation and working as part of a team. We encourage children to talk about and analyse the things they see around them and raise awareness of changes over time. Many aspects of work in the classroom can be brought outside and whatever the weather on a Wednesday afternoon we will be outside.