“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift, not as a hard duty” Albert Einstein
"The beauty of teaching outdoors is that the children often do not perceive it as ‘learning’ and yet they learn some of their most valuable lessons there. The lack of walls means that they feel less inhibited – both physically and mentally – and it allows them to join up their thinking by applying it in a real-world context." Woodland Trust
St Kew School sits in the most idyllic rural location, surrounded on all sides by farm and woodland. We love to make the most of the abundance of outside space that we have , and we love learning outdoors!
We have two polytunnels in our kitchen garden, which supplies our school kitchen with the freshest of seasonal salads, fruit and veg. Pete, our amazing gardener, and his gardening clubs are now so popular with the children that they run twice a week after school - and they are still full!
Together with the teachers and Mrs Clutsom, Pete is part of the team that delivers our outdoor learning curriculum, which sees all children take part in outdoor lessons at least once every week. As well as the kitchen gardens, we have a strawbale roundhouse (that we built ourselves, with the help of the children and the local community!) a lovely quiet garden and wild life and pond areas around the back of the school.
We have recently begun to re-design the quiet garden and wildlife areas, with the children planning out these new areas, including drawing designs, measuring and working out costs. Older children have been project managing the works and everyone has been getting involved with the digging, planting, building and improving!
You can see more photos of the building of our roundhouse, and general outdoor learning fun on our Gallery page
Below are some examples....