At Oatlands, we recognise the benefits that outdoor learning makes to all children. The opportunities for children to explore, problem solve and be independent outside the walls of a classroom link closely to the school’s values. It gives children a chance to appreciate the world around them, work cooperatively with others and have the freedom to explore in order to help develop healthy and active lifestyles.
All classes in the school have access to their own ‘veranda’ area, enabling outdoor learning to be a integral part of the environment. All curriculum areas include planned opportunities to use the outdoors whether it is bug-hunting in science, map-making in geography or inventing potions in English! In addition, each class have termly ‘go wild’ days when the children spend the day at the school field and woodland carrying out outdoor learning and forest school activities.
A current project in school is the development of our pond area for use as ‘Values Garden’ which can be used for further outdoor projects.