At Woodmansterne, Outdoor Learning is taught through ten main areas: Bushcraft, Discovery and Identification, Food Chains and Webs, Life Cycles, Natural Processes, Orienteering, Planting and Growing, Supporting Nature, Team-building and Using Natural Resources Sustainably.
Woodmansterne Primary School offers outdoor learning opportunities for children across the school that fully utilise our unrivalled outdoor facilities to enhance our children’s learning. Children will be provided with a broad, rich curriculum that allows them to develop into pupils who love the challenge of learning and are resilient to failure. Being outside, in a classroom with no walls and no roof, a child can explore, be more spontaneous, experiment and set self-imposed goals. They can take essential risks and approach open-ended challenges, problem solve and apply their knowledge in places where their minds have space to open. Being outside is shown to engage and motivate children, to help them form a deeper understanding of concepts and reach higher order thinking, and well as benefitting their physical and mental health.
As a school we were proud to achieve our Learning Outside the Classroom bronze accreditation, which was awarded in November 2018. This mark is the first national accreditation for schools which recognises, and supports the development of, learning outside the classroom across all subject areas. Also in 2018, we were awarded the Surrey Wildlife Trust's 'Wildlife Garden Silver Award'.
As well as our weekly Outdoor Learning lessons, each year we take part in national campaigns such as the RSPB's Big Schools' Bird Watch, the Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild and citizen science projects such as the OPAL Bugs Count Survey.