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
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!