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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

2203, 2019

Moving homes

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Outdoor Learning, Wild things, Year 5 2018-19|0 Comments

Today the Wild Things dug, pulled and heaved to remove the weeds and make way for the rehoming of some plants from the nursery.     Add a little compost, some water and let’s hope [...]

2103, 2019

Planting Competition on the Main Road

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, Year 5 2018-19|0 Comments

Representatives from JC Decaux launched an amazing competition with pupils today. JC Decaux own the corner bed in front of their billboard on the main road (Wandsworth Road) by our school. Andy and Tom have [...]

1903, 2019

PTA Gardening Together

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, PTA|0 Comments

Lots of families enjoyed one of our regular Gardening Together sessions on Saturday despite Storm Gareth and strong winds! They planted summer bulbs, sieved compost, chopped wood, checked in on the frogs and newts and [...]

1503, 2019

The big, the small and the tiny..

By | March 15th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, Wild things, Year 5 2018-19|0 Comments

It was wonderful to hear one of our youngest Wild Things say, “ Right, now for the big guys..”  as he pitched his fork out in the compost.  He clearly knows what a big impact [...]

1203, 2019

Pulling and pickling turnips

By | March 12th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, Wild things|0 Comments

With the expertise of Chef Amber, our year 5 cooks prepared and pickled their turnip harvest.  They used the 3-2-1 recipe formula plus interesting flavour enhancers to develop their own pickling liqueur.  Thanks again, Chef [...]

1103, 2019

Even more plants in our playground!

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: Outdoor Learning, School Council Blog|0 Comments

The School Council sub-committee responsible for the learning environment have been considering ways to further improve our 'exceptional environment' (Ofsted 2016). In response to the huge amount of sowing and planting, particularly of flowers this [...]