We aim to enhance classroom learning with a range of outdoor experiences, swapping screen time for green time, especially in the summer term (wellies and raincoat may be required).
We are very lucky to have plenty of outdoor space and different habitats surrounding the Junior School, including the meadow and dipping pond, with further exciting developments to follow shortly including:
- An attractive wooden framed greenhouse, located next to the Junior School science laboratory and large enough to have half the class planting and monitoring at any one time. Planting can occur all year round and there will be ownership, by the children, of a growing outdoor space that they can care for. Composting bins will be an integral part of this development and managed by the children.
- The conservation area will be developed further, with invertebrate habitats, insect hotels and a redesign of the school pond to allow easy access for pond dipping and species identification and classification. Equipment is being purchased to introduce bush and tree invertebrate sampling.
- Over 20 species of wild flower meadow plants have been planted for a spring meadow. The children were involved in the planting and will help to shake the flower heads to reseed before the end of the summer term, ready for the following year. This will build on the whole school initiative to increase the biodiversity on site.
- A Nature Trail, which will include tree identification, will be developed so that the children can practise their identification and classification skills, as outlined in the new primary science curriculum.
The Junior School site will continually evolve, with outdoor education at the very heart of what we do.