GLF Schools

Outdoor Learning Curriculum

Throughout the spring term and summer break the school's allotment area has been rejuvenated and further developed to enable some of the children who attend the school to have a hands on curriculum that includes horticulture and bio-diversity as an enhanced element. The journey began with the 2019 eco council evaluating the existing space and then designing an allotment area that included a greenhouse and planting beds for each year group. Through funding from the PTA and local council contributions, the development is now complete ready for a September launch. The children across all classes are now going to begin some planting during the warm autumn afternoons. The area will provide opportunities for children's sensory development along with opportunities to learn about responsibility, developing patience and social skills through horticulture. 

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Outdoor Learning News

In Autumn term both Year 1 and Year 3 spent Monday afternoons enjoying the natural environment of our wonderful outdoor learning space The Burrow. The focus remained on providing enriching experiences that connected children with the natural world, encouraging appreciation for the environment around them. students engaged in natural art activities, exploring the artistic potential of the forest. From creating intricate leaf patterns to crafting sculptures from fallen branches, children learned to appreciate the beauty of nature while expressing their creativity in unique ways.

The art of den building continued to be a cornerstone activity, promoting teamwork, problem-solving, and basic engineering skills. As students collaborated to construct their outdoor shelters, they delved into the principles of architecture and experienced the satisfaction of creating functional structures using natural materials.

The mud kitchen became a hub of culinary exploration for the children and was a firm favourite. Beyond messy play, this activity involved sensory-rich experiences, encouraging children to experiment with textures, measurements, and the basics of outdoor cooking. The mud kitchen served as a dynamic space for hands-on learning and skill development.

Spring term at Forest School for Year 4 and 5 has been filled with immersive experiences, hands-on learning, and a deep connection to nature. Students have engaged in various activities aimed at fostering outdoor skills, creativity, and environmental awareness.

One of the highlights of the term was the exploration of mud kitchens. Students eagerly delved into the world of outdoor culinary arts, experimenting with different natural materials to create imaginative dishes. Through this activity, they developed teamwork skills, creativity, and an appreciation for the simplicity and resourcefulness of nature.

Shelter building provided an opportunity for students to learn essential survival skills while fostering teamwork and problem-solving abilities. Working collaboratively, they constructed shelters using natural materials found in The Burrow , enhancing their understanding of environmental sustainability and resilience.

The mastery of knot tying was another significant focus during the term. Students learned various knot-tying techniques and their practical applications in outdoor settings. This skill not only sharpened their fine motor skills but also instilled a sense of confidence and self-reliance as they navigated through different challenges.

Engaging in natural art allowed students to express their creativity while deepening their connection to the environment. Using found objects such as leaves, branches, and stones, they created stunning artworks that showcased the beauty and diversity of the natural world. This activity encouraged them to see nature as both a source of inspiration and a canvas for self-expression.

The children showed great enthusiasm for outdoor learning and excellent behaviour – it was a pleasure to teach them and I look forward to their next Forest School sessions.


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The school trip to Wisley Gardens was a resounding success, providing students with a memorable and enriching learning experience. It fostered a deeper connection to nature, cultivated practical skills, and instilled a sense of environmental responsibility. Such excursions play a crucial role in holistic education, nurturing students' curiosity, empathy, and lifelong learning.

Students participated in a guided tour led by Mr Baker. They explored various sections of the garden, including themed gardens, glasshouses, and experimental plots. The tour emphasized plant diversity, conservation efforts, and sustainable gardening practices.

workshops were conducted to engage students in practical learning experiences, these workshops focussed on art in nature around us to compliment our whole school focus on Art in the Spring term. The children were also able to propagate some plants.

It was an enjoyable day for all and I very much look forward to the next trip!