At Walter Halls we believe in taking learning outdoors whenever we can. There is a famous saying amongst many of our staff, "there is no bad weather, only bad clothing". Learning outside can open up the children to new ideas and opportunities and improve their engagement and mental health. Some of the ways in which this is done include:
- Outdoor lessons across all subjects. For example, Y5 carrying out an RE puzzle hunt searching for clues in the trees to find out a saying from the Quran or Y1 practising measuring outside in the courtyard or Y2 creating a model of London and then setting it on fire!
- Nurture groups such as Mr Neal's construction club where the children have been making bird boxes for school.
- Focused visits from the Park Ranger and Nottingham University Forest Schools Leaders who carry out environmental and Forest Schools sessions with children across school.
- After schools clubs including Gardening Club and Eco Club.
- Charity Projects - Harvesting the fruit from the school orchard to make and sell jam.
- Half termly trips and visits in Nottingham and the surrounding areas.
- A set schedule of camps, walks and outwards bounds activities including a Peak District hike, archery and climbing.
A lot of learning happens outside but we are still only at the beginning of our outdoor learning adventures at Walter Halls. We will continue to develop this as an area in school - our fabulous children and our wonderful grounds certainly deserve it!