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Outdoor Classroom

This is the Outdoor Classroom! 

 

 

... a place where curiosity is encouraged and discovery is celebrated. 
 
... where we make full use of our wonderful grounds.
... where children cook and eat the food they grow.

...where we celebrate the successes we have each year.
... where our projects are interesting and fun.
... where we discover how everything on our planet is linked and the effect we have on it.
... where we learn to become independent, taking responsibility for our own safety and behaviour.
... where we get outside and often get muddy!

 

"Pupils appreciate the extensive grounds and outdoor learning environment. One enthusiastic pupil said, ‘The outdoor classroom is the best. We learn a lot about science and nature out there!’"

OFSTED REPORT 2017 

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Meet the Outdoor Classroom team.

Meet the Outdoor Classroom team. 1
L to R Mrs Heath, Mrs Portus, Mr Elwood and Mr Brown

 

Despite our rapidly expanding school, we continue to deliver a rich, high quality science and outdoor learning curriculum to every pupil.  This year the Outdoor Classroom lessons will be organised as follows:

Mr Elwood will continue in his role as Science and Outdoor Classroom leader. Mrs Portus is partially retiring but will plan and teach all Year 5 and 6 lessons, ably assisted as always by the green-fingered Mrs Heath. Mr Brown will plan and teach all KS1 lessons as well as Years 3 and 4. Mrs Wakeham will be assisting him with Year 1 lessons and Mrs Heath with the rest. Mrs Portus and Mr Brown will work closely together to ensure consistent quality, progression and continuity of learning throughout the school. Mrs Heath will work with Mrs Wakeham to share best practise in the garden. The Year 1 garden now has a small polytunnel as well as raised beds and is in effect a miniature version of our main garden and an ideal introduction for young gardeners.

Please feel free at any time to visit our Outdoor Classroom building (which lies adjacent to the staff car park and next to Breakfast and After School Club) for a guided tour.

Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas

Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 1 Our Outdoor Classroom
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 2 The Vegetable Garden
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 3 The Garden and Polytunnel
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 4 In the polytunnel
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 5 The Long Bed
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 6 The Composting Area
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 7 The Copse
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 8 Our Forest School
Our Outdoor Classroom Learning Areas 9 Year 1 garden

What to wear for Outdoor Classroom lessons

We like to spend as much time outside as possible but it is not necessary to wear clothing other than school uniform unless specifically requested. HOWEVER ... it is important to make sure you have suitable footwear. Stout shoes or trainers are ideal. Wellies are not needed (though you can bring them if you wish) but comfort and safety in the garden is important and lightweight shoes (particularly for the girls) offer little protection and children get wet socks and cold feet.  Don't forget to bring a warm, waterproof coat and in cold weather a hat and gloves are recommended. Scarves however tend to get in the way. Remember, there is no such thing as poor weather - only poor clothing!

 

What have we been doing in the Outdoor Classroom this year?

Jim Collins Gardening Award

Jim Collins Gardening Award 1 Last year's winner Liam presents Jim's trophy.
Jim Collins Gardening Award 2 Tommy Arnold - best gardening boy 2018
Jim Collins Gardening Award 3 Martha Harnett - best gardening girl 2018
Jim Collins Gardening Award 4 One of the flower tubs brightening up our entrance
Jim Collins Gardening Award 5 Beautiful hanging baskets planted with Jim

Jim Collins - volunteer extraordinaire - continues to work tirelessly with Mrs Portus and Mrs Heath to bring a unique garden design experience to one lucky class. You can't have failed to notice the high quality of our planters and hanging baskets and the beauty of the long bed that inspires children year after year. What you may not realise is that every single plant has been grown and cared for by the children, either from seed or from cuttings. Plants grown to sell by the children have raised over £200 this year - a magnificent effort. Thank you to all who have supported our pop-up garden stall in the parent waiting area. And thank you Jim for your continued support.

Each year Jim presents awards to children who have shown talent and commitment. This year Martha Harnett and Tommy Arnold were our winners, both from Kestrels. Liam Compton, one of last year's winners, presented them with their trophy, certificate and garden vouchers.

The very popular annual pond clear

The very popular annual pond clear 1 Colin Edwards leads the pond clear
Awaiting permission clearance. Look out for some amazing photos of Kestrels clearing excess weed in the pond.