The 46 acres of parkland in which the school sits provide endless opportunity for outdoor learning and the children at Leweston have the freedom to explore and discover. They learn about their surroundings by experiencing them first hand and the children in the nursery venture outdoors every day come rain or shine. The staff at Leweston Nursery operate a ‘free-flow’ system which enables all children aged two and above to access their learning either inside or outside.
In September 2013, Leweston Junior Department opened its ‘Enchanted Wood’ facility. This fantastic resource allows the children to get to grips with nature taking them outside of the classroom. Activities have included nature walks, locating and counting the number bears, story time on the log seating, building exciting dens and generally having fun exploring the outdoors in a safe and secure environment. You can see some photos in the gallery below.
By extending our teaching to include the outdoors, we create opportunities for children to develop their capabilities and skills. In this setting, a different range of children often shine and are able to demonstrate hidden strengths and the cross-curricular approach provides direct and relevant experiences for all that deepens and enriches learning. Furthermore, the pupils develop a true appreciation for their environment and a personal commitment to their responsibility as stewards of the world for future generations.