Outdoor Learning at Mells
We have one of the most beautiful settings in the County and we try to utilise our school grounds and locality as much as possible.
Within our school, Ragstone Class have their very own 'Little Garden' which the children use every day and they go out on ‘welly walks’ throughout the whole year (in their wellies and raincoats as it really is a case of they go out ‘come rain or shine!’)
The whole school uses our ‘Keeper’s Lodge’ – our outdoor classroom, and the playground is simply one big blackboard which is again used throughout the whole year. We also have an outdoor area with tables which is generally used by our older children when they need to record learning/information in their books.
We utilise every outdoor space in school, from the ‘wild area’ around our Men-an-Tol to the human sundial in our front garden; we love being outside; we love learning outside.
All classes go on ‘welly walks’ in and around our village of Mells and the older classes learn about road safety, the history of our village and aspects of science from such 'welly walks'.
As well as our outdoor learning in Mells, we also take frequent visits out to enhance the topics we are learning about and we take the whole of Years 3 and 4 to an outdoor residential activity camp each year. In June (2015), we went to the Brecon Beacons, previously we have been to the Forest of Dean, and even the Isle of Wight.
At Mells, we try to bring 'learning to life', by making learning fun and practical and by fully engaging our children.
We are developing our own Forest School provision, on site, here at Mells. We have a trained Forest School leader who leads Forest School sessions for each year group but also Forest School sessions as an ALP (Accelerated Learning Programme). The children learn personal, social and technical skills whilst enjoying the benefits of the natural, outdoor environment.
In our experience, our Forest School is extremely popular. Our Forest School provides children with a wide range of different opportunities and activities to enable them to experience success, develop independence, confidence and self-esteem, through a fun and hands-on learning experience in a safe, trustworthy small group.