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Outdoor Learning

Learning outside of the classroom enables children to further develop their curiosity, confidence, creativity, communication and understanding of the natural environment.

Outdoor Learning is embedded within the curriculum. 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.

The children access ‘The Hub’ (our own outdoor classroom), ‘The Hollow’ (outdoor team building area) and our own woodland. The children experience to a wide range of activities designed to enrich and develop their learning from within the classroom; helping them to gain and improve new skills.

Wild Wonders and Wild Explorers

Wild Wonders and Wild Explorers are firm favourites with the children at Blundell’s Pre-Prep and Prep. Delivered through weekly sessions for children from Nursery One to Year Three, our bespoke outdoor learning curriculum has been designed by our own Forest School trained teachers to excite, inspire, and meet the needs of our youngest learners.

Armed with their own outdoor learning passports, the children head outdoors throughout the year to explore, develop new skills and enjoy activities within our school woodland, wildlife and nature area, purpose built outdoor classroom and sizeable mud kitchen. With a strong emphasis on helping the children to develop a growth mindset, children can expect to enjoy a range of activities from building working bridges, growing their own vegetables, whittling toy mice and, of course, toasting marshmallows!

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Pupil Profile

Blundell’s pupil awarded scholarship to top American University.

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Why is music important?

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills, including intellectual, social, emotional and motor language. It enhances good concentration and develops listening skills so that the child can achieve academically in all areas of the curriculum.

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When Nature Meets Nurture: Outdoor Learning at Blundell’s Prep

The children cannot wait to put on their Wellington boots to get outside to ‘play’ each week, but what are the benefits of this ‘Forest School fad’?! Is there really any value in climbing trees, lighting fires and creating mud pies?! Where is the learning?!

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Food Technology – the most cross-curricular of all the subjects!

Ask any child at Blundell’s Prep what their favourite lesson is and invariably Food Technology is at the top of the rankings.

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Blundell’s Adventure, Leadership and Service Award (BALSA)

BALSA – is a programme that has been developed here over the years, and is one that continues to evolve, which really challenges our older children to them learn about themselves and discover the beauty in helping others.

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Why is Engineering an important part of the curriculum?

Engineering and understanding new technologies are key parts of modern life and so it follows that they should feature within the curriculum.

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One Day Event

Congratulations to all the equestrian riders that took part in the Blundell’s One Day Event (ODE) this year. The ODE is aimed at South West Schools teams and individuals.

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Tatler Schools Guide

‘Blundell’s is the archetypal all-rounder, and it certainly isn’t lacking in spirit.’ ‘Pupils feel supported and stimulated’

Prep School News