Nature Hub & Trail
We are very fortunate to have large grounds with lots of opportunities for exploring and learning about nature. We have an outside classroom, Cedar Lodge, which is our Nature Hub. This is where we store our equipment for Forest Schools and nature studies. We have information on birds, butterflies, bees, minibeasts, flowers and trees and equipment such as magnifiers, binoculars, tweezers, butterfly nets, pond dipping equipment, etc. We also have den-making equipment and tools for fashioning things from sticks. We have a nature trail (also our running track) around the perimeter of our field which goes past the copse, bug hotels, hedgerow and pond. We have a wonderful nature trail with tasks and challenges on beautiful signs located around the path. In addition to this, we have our school garden, itself a hive of activity for birds, bees and minibeasts. We often incorporate outdoor learning about nature into our themes, especially linked with science and art and the children enjoy breaktimes in this environment too.
We have a wonderful new Nature Hub in our outside classroom, Cedar Lodge set up by Mrs Bowker. The Hub is complete with a bird hide, butterfly, bird, tree and flower identification charts, beautiful butterflies and birds painted by the children as well as nature illustrations by Miss Metcalfe. There are numerous nature-related challenges for the children to do and it is a lovely space in which to learn.