We are strongly committed to providing varied, engaging, experiential and cross-curricular Learning Outside the Classroom opportunities for our children at Fairfield.
Outdoor Learning at Fairfield is delivered through a range of experiences which include weekly LOtC sessions for each class from EYFS through to Year 4, visits to other places, outreach sessions delivered in school, after school clubs and the opportunity to participate in both on site and off site residentials.
Opportunities for outdoor learning are embedded within curriculum planning across all subjects with Early years enjoying unrestricted access to their own outdoor area as an extension to their classroom.
We are fortunate to be located within a beautiful rural village with a diverse range of habitats which can be easily accessed for the children to explore.
On site we have a well established Forest School area which includes an outdoor classroom, two fire pits, adventurous play equipment and a mud kitchen. Our Sensory Garden incorporates a pond which children are able to access as part of planned activities and our hedged garden is home to raised beds allowing the children to grow a range of seasonal produce.
As well as developing practical skills, enhancing and developing classroom learning, we recognise and value the personal and social benefits of outdoor learning in developing self esteem, confidence and character, communication, social and emotional awareness, problem solving, thinking skills, environmental awareness and health and well being to name but a few.
Throughout their time at Fairfield, the children will be working on a weekly basis towards a Learning Outside the Classroom award, achieving Bronze in Early Years, Silver at the end of KS1 and Gold upon leaving at the end of Year 4.
In addition to our in house award criteria we are fortunate to have developed strong links within our local community which allows the children further LOtC enrichment opportunities.
We currently have links with the Woodland Trust Volunteers at Pepperwood and our local Housing Trust BDHT.
Our LOtC team is:
Mrs Oldershaw Mrs Yeomans Mrs Wilkes
The outdoor learning themes for Autumn Term 1 are Teambuilding, Problem solving and Assessing risk.
In addition to this, children will participate in themed activities linked to class topics and national curriculum objectives whilst also having opportunities for child led exploration of our on site Forest school area.