Outdoor Learning

Pre-Prep Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is embedded within the curriculum across Blundell’s Pre-Prep. We believe that using nature and the outdoors can help to nurture children’s holistic development, help to build their self-esteem and resilience and enable them to become better at managing their own risk. Learning outside of the classroom enables children to further develop their curiosity, confidence, creativity, communication and understanding of the natural environment.

Our Nursery, Reception and Year One classrooms each open up on to their own outdoor learning space with Year One and Two also having their own plant beds which they plant and maintain each term. With additional access to ‘The Hub’ (our own outdoor classroom), ‘The Hollow’ (outdoor team building area) and our own woodland, all of the children in the Pre-Prep experience a wide range of activities designed to enrich and develop their learning from within the classroom; helping them to gain and improve new skills.

We are continuing to expand our outdoor learning provision across the school; staff have been trained to enhance the curriculum using the outdoors and we will be soon be offering Forest School Provision. Here is a selection of some of the most recent activities that the children have been involved in:

  • Making conker worms
  • Creating mud pies
  • Gardening
  • Planting and growing food
  • Building campfires
  • Making charcoal
  • Building animal homes
  • Making music
  • Sound walks
  • Otters

In addition to the Outdoor Learning within the school day, Year Two children also have access to the very popular weekly Outdoor Learning Club ‘Otters’ Each week the children are provided with a different activity - each designed to help the children to develop and gain new skills.