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Outdoor Learning in our School Wood

We are incredibly fortunate to have our own extensive school wood. (approximately 2 acres).  Every child in the school has regular outdoor learning sessions, (an afternoon per fortnight Y2-6 and an afternoon each week in FSU and Y1) providing them with learning opportunities through practical activities.  Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world, in all seasons and in all weathers.  Our outdoor learning  embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of all children.  It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk-taking, creativity and teamwork. 


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What will Outdoor Learning Sessions be Like?

  • Earlier sessions focus on core skills and safety - establishing boundaries and routines.
  • Children will learn how to cook on an open fire, use tools, make dens, leave trails, go on scavenger huts, make environmental art, mud sculptures and lots more.   
  • At the beginning of sessions, children sit together in the log circle or canopy and discuss what they are going to do.  The class teacher reminds the children of the boundaries and does any safety talks before the children start their activities.
  • On some occasions, children will have a snack (an opportunity to refuel and reflect on how the activities are going).
  • Some of the activities will be teacher led (e.g. using tools) and some will be child-led e.g. den building.


Health and Safety

  • All staff are trained in emergency first aid and will have a special kit with them.
  • The site and activities are risk assessed carefully and the children will be given detailed training.
  • Children will be supervised by an adult when working with tools and will work in small groups.
  • By allowing children to take risks, we help prepare them for making choices and teach them to be actively responsible for themselves, their choices and their actions.
  • It is essential your child’s medical and emergency contact information in school is up to date.


What will my Child Need?

  • Warm long trousers e.g. jogging bottoms (to reduce the risks of bites and scratches).
  • School T-shirt, cardigan or jumper as normal.
  • Waterproof coat with a hood.
  • Waterproof trousers (though we are aiming to buy some for the children to use if they don’t have their own).
  • Wellies or old trainers.
  • During the summer, a sun hat is needed and sun cream should be applied.
  • During the colder months, extra layers such as a fleece, leggings, hats and gloves.


Please be mindful that clothes will get dirty as we do not intend to stay clean!  Children will need a clean pair of shoes to change into when they go back into their classroom.