At SwainswickSchool we are passionate about the benefits of outdoor learning all year round and have embedded these opportunities in our curriculum.
We provide a range of outdoor experiences for the children to learn in, and about their local environment and have developed our grounds to ensure outstanding provision. We have lovely grounds where children sow, grow and harvest herbs, vegetables and flowers. They learn about life cycles, composting and recycling.
As well as our own grounds we are regular visitors to the churchyard conservation area and the village. We have generously been given the use of a woodland area, a ten minute walk from the school. The children from Apple and Hazel classes have regular timetabled visits to these woods, enjoying the changing seasons along the lane. At the woods we plan and provide opportunities for the children to develop specific skills such as whittling, weaving and fire safety as well as allowing them the space and time to explore and enjoy their environment, making their own creative choices.
Next term the school has arranged for Apple Class and Hazel Class to continue having forest school every fortnight with Mr Rouse. In addition, Key Stage 2 will have Outdoor Curriculum on alternate Fridays. Again Mr Rouse will lead the sessions together with the Key Stage 2 team. As well as the creative curriculum in place this will be a focus time to provide extra opportunities for the children to apply their maths, science, geography and design skills. The lessons will take place either in the woods, in the valley, in the village, in the school grounds or at Swainswick Explorers. The lesson will be cross curricular and tie into the topics and themes that are being taught. Teachers are already excited about this new initiative and already started to plan their activities for term 1.