Outdoor learning is a major part of our curriculum. Children play outside whatever the weather – “there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!” We have wet weather clothes and wellies, sun hats, warm hats and gloves for the children to use and encourage learning outside where it will be bigger, louder, messier and equally challenging physically and academically.
In 2012 we bid for some Early Years funding and created a Forest School site which we call our Forest Garden. It is a magical space and includes a pond, a fire pit, a story telling chair and amphitheatre, a ditch with several different bridges, climbing and willow tunnels, an orchard and places to run, build dens and explore the wildlife.
We are committed to being an Eco-school and developing children’s awareness of their environment. We recycle paper and card, have a large number of solar panels and recycle rainwater to flush the toilets. Children have made a “bug hotel” to encourage mini-beasts.