Outdoor learning in the dedicated Nursery garden includes playing in the mud kitchen and counting out pine cones before adding them to a saucepan of mud, water and leaves to make a delicious soup! The children enjoy building obstacle courses using large wooden blocks and planks and balancing along. There is also a dinosaur area to explore and a sandpit to play in. ‘HMS Blazer', our fabulous wooden climbing activity boat, is great fun – ship ahoy!
Weekly forest play sessions are always very exciting, activities include climbing low tree branches, collecting sticks to build a Stickman, painting with mud and sticks, making clay hedgehogs and a story at snack time sitting on little log stumps. We are fortunate to have ‘Buggingham Palace’ (a minibeast residence!) in the woods, where we search for insects and bugs and build habitats for woodland creatures.
The children enjoy exploring the school vegetable patch where they weed, plant seeds (such as carrots), carefully water the plants and then harvest in the autumn and enjoy them for snack time. The children look after the birds in the school grounds by feeding them and learning about the different birds which visit.
We make the most of our beautiful 22 acres of school grounds, including Listening Walks, learning about the seasons, or flying a kite which the children have made in Nursery! Discovering the ponds, learning about the life cycle of a frog and looking at other wildlife and plants, sometimes even ducks who have made their home on the pond. Playing on the fields, rolling down the hills, jumping in puddles, acting out a favourite story such as ‘We're Going On A Bear Hunt’. We love being outdoors!