Learning Outside the Classroom

LOC - A Touch of Magic

Something amazing happens when we get outside the classroom. Thinking and exploring become even more fun, and we can find a fantasy world in the woods or a science world for our observations and measurements. The glorious grounds that surround the Prep School (130acres of them!) are an inspiration, however we look at them, and whatever the weather.  Every child has at least one timetabled lesson outdoors each week.  Wellies and raincoats are part of growing up, whether we are learning or just jumping in puddles.

Sometimes we use nature as the raw material for our art; collage is all the more creative when it’s done outside. We might make a jabberwock or look for the fairy house in a tree (yes we really do have one, deep in the wood!). We might let our excitement show us new ways to use language creatively and confidently. We might find thoughtful ways to measure the height of a tree or use data loggers and computers to measure the weather or find out what colour sunglasses are most effective. It’s all magic in its own way.

Florence Nightingale played in these woods when she was a little girl and developed an intense passion for nature and for the creatures of the wild. When she was challenged by deep thoughts, or burdened by uncertainty, she found freedom and comfort in the woods of Embley Park. So do we, every week, it’s our special kind of magic!


Prep School News

Prep School Gardening Club
The children have been digging over the poppy patches in the wild garden meadow and digging holes to plant their buddleja trees, which has been no mean feat given the ground in that area is mainly ...
A Closer Look at New Forest Wildlife
On Thursday 16th March, Year 1 visited the New Forest Wildlife Park! They saw a huge variety of animals which included harvest mice, ferrets, lynx and wallabies! Their particular favourites were the ...
Year 2 Visit Paultons Park for a Science Trip
After some class based lessons, which reinforced what the children had learnt at school about push and pull forces and air resistance, they had the best time testing out all of the ...

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About Hampshire Collegiate School

Hampshire Collegiate School near Romsey is an independent school for boys and girls 2–18. Our 130 acre site – once home to Florence Nightingale – includes beautiful Grade II listed woodland gardens, sports pitches and educational facilities. We combine an ‘academic ambition’ programme with development of a wide range of skills and interests for every pupil.

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