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Outdoor Learning

We are the lead school in Lambeth for outdoor learning with all year groups following the Natural Thinkers Curriculum. We follow an outdoor curriculum based on ‘Forest School’ principles and gardening which was developed by staff and pupils at Heathbrook and adapted for all Lambeth children.

Pupils in Early Years have free-flow access to their own gardens while Year 1 and 2 pupils have their own ‘Oasis’ garden immediately accessible from classrooms. All pupils have regular lessons in the Wildlife Garden where they learn to use tools, develop gardening skills and nurture the flora and fauna. We have a pond and a bog that are homes to our frogs and newts.

The school community has been involved in developing all of our outdoor learning spaces through projects such as Growing Together and Big Digs. Nursery pupils sell their produce to parents at the ‘Nursery Market’ whilst older pupils sell our produce at the Venn Street Farmers’ Market. Read even more about our Outdoor Learning provision…

Recent Outdoor Learning News

1607, 2019

Selling own produce at Venn St Market

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning|0 Comments

Thank you to the children and families who came along throughout the day on Saturday to support our stall at Venn Street Market, in front of Clapham Picturehouse.  The produce the children have grown from seed [...]

1207, 2019

The crops are abundant!

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, Wild things, Year 5 2018-19|0 Comments

Year 5 and the Wild things have spent the day harvesting, trimming, bundling and beautifying our crops and herbs in preparation for VENN STREET MARKET tomorrow.  We can’t wait to get together on the stall [...]

507, 2019

Pond life

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, Wild things, Year 5 2018-19|0 Comments

It was all about the water this week in Wild Things.  One of the tasks was to remove the stones from around the pond in preparation for a new pond lining.  We know  it is  a habitat for newts however were unaware with how happy they were living among the pebbles  the Wild Things spotted many newts today and were able to observe them closely. Many mindful moments … Only one week until Venn Street Market which will be on Saturday 13 th July from 10 am.  We will be selling our herbs, flowers, plants and produce in gorgeous tins created by the Wild Things this afternoon.  We were watering generously today to encourage some extra deliciousness! We were introduced to this idea by Natural Thinkers and it was great fun and well investigated today.  I don’t think the Wild Things hands’ have ever been so clean ! […]

407, 2019

This week in Reception…

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, Reception 2018-19|0 Comments

207, 2019

Fantastic Summer Fair!

By | July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Music, Outdoor Learning, PTA|0 Comments

Roy Wilson, our PTA Chair, writes: ‘What a fantastic fair we had on Saturday! So much incredible feedback! A huge thanks to all of the parents, carers, relatives, school staff and children who made it [...]

2806, 2019

Preparing for the Summer Fair

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, Wild things, Year 5 2018-19|0 Comments

The Wild Things take a lot of responsibility for the community events that happen in and around Heathbrook  this week they were busy preparing the herbs, pizzas and garden for the Summer Fair tomorrow. The [...]