We are fortunate to have a fantastic outdoor learning environment in our school which we work hard to develop for the children to use. It includes a wild life area, den building, chicken coop, woodland area, large school field, camp fire, willow dome, allotment with polytunner and a marsh. We are so passionate about the children using the outdoors that we paid for a member of our own staff to be trained as a level 3 Forest School leader. She works across the school to deliver forest school sessions, as well as high quality outdoor learning lessons linked to the children's topics. Children love these opportunities and it ensures that we have a vibrant and engaging curriculum which is relevant to our pupils.
A group of our wonderful children decided they wanted to do something to support hedgehogs when they learned that they are becoming endangered. They hosted a stall at the Christmas fair selling hand made hedgehog related items. They raised a very impressive £75, this has been donated to the Prickly Edge Hedgehog rescue centre in Methley. Well done everyone involved; we are very proud of you.
We have some beautiful wildlife visit our school. This year we have seen a mink, squirrels and even a sparrow hawk who had breakfast in our wildlife area. Wow.
We had a visit from local ecologist, Bernie Fleming, today. He looked around the school grounds and gave lots of helpful ideas about steps to increase biodiversity on our site, including planting and clearing and ideas about how to make the most of the flora already here. Many thanks giving for your time and experience to us, Bernie.
We are fortunate enough to have a range of outdoor areas which include a wild life area, playgrounds, large field which includes sports areas, allotment, campfire and den building areas and a forest. We have a member of staff who will lead forest school activities throughout the school from September 2016 and all children access outdoor lessons every week. Our twitter account is a great place to see this in action.
Pupils use the outdoors in all weathers and enjoy the opportunities this brings.