Outdoor Learning

Pre-Prep Outdoor Learning

Over the past couple of years we have been developing ‘Outdoor Learning’ in the Pre-Prep. The children have been taken outside for a wide range of activities from going on simple nature walks to learning how to light fires! We are all very excited about the coming year and the opportunities that we will have to take the children outside to learn. As well as our outdoor classroom, we now have a series of ‘Teamwork, Leadership and Challenge’ activities which have been built near to The Hub in the newly named ‘The Hollow’. These tasks offer an enormous range of activities for the children to enjoy.

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The staff in the Pre-Prep are being trained in outdoor learning and forest school skills so that they can better unlock the potential within the school grounds. We are working towards a more creative learning experience in which the children can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. Children will be taken outside to help bring the National Curriculum to life in their everyday lessons and to learn bushcraft skills. It is a very exciting time at Blundell’s Pre-Prep and we are all looking forward to taking this initiative to the next phase!

ACTIVITIES IN NURSERY AND RECEPTION

  • Sound hunts
  • Seasonal changes
  • Gardening
  • Number trails
  • Hunting for shapes
  • Outdoor music and singing
  • Natural resources artwork
  • Animal and plant identification

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ACTIVITIES IN YEARS ONE AND TWO

  • Charcoal making
  • Journey sticks
  • Map making
  • Tree identification
  • Habitat comparisons
  • Growing food
  • Directional work
  • Shapes, Space and Measure

OTTERS – OUTDOOR FUN CLUB

Otters is a club run for Year 2 children which is held outside to use the excellent facilities that we have here at Blundell’s Preparatory School. The children meet every Wednesday and change in to games kit if fine weather or waterproof jackets, trousers and wellies so that we are prepared for all eventualities! We then head over to The Hub with our Otter’s trolley full of resources and Ollie the Otter, our club mascot. Once at the Hub children enjoy a beaker of hot chocolate and some snacks to give them energy after a busy day at school. They then do different activities every week ranging from using outside materials to making music or pictures to exploring and using the environment in a variety of games and team building activities. This term the children are already looking forward to our night walk once the evenings start getting darker.