Due to the very kind permission and support of Nicholas Wills, Miserden school is delighted to have access to a diverse range of beautiful environments for outdoor learning. Surrounded on all sides by the picturesque and extensive grounds of Miserden Estate, children enjoy regular sessions courtesy of our dedicated and wonderfully creative outdoor learning leader, Mrs Priestley. Throughout the year and whatever the weather, weekly 2-hour sessions are run for Willow class, with Maple and Oak alternating every other week.
With access to open fields, streams, rivers, lakes and a diverse range of woodland; wild and uncluttered by manmade objects, children are given the freedom to explore and experiment, building a love for nature and to actively learn.
Practising communication, co-operation and teamwork, children tackle achievable tasks and activities. For older pupils, this includes regular use of tools such as loppers, secateurs, bow saws and hand drills, cooking on an open fire and using portable meths burning stoves.
Outdoor leaning activities often compliment topics from the classroom. While Oak class were learning about the iron age, they melted pewter to cast charms and arrowheads. WOW days at the start of topics have included a gladiator school, building an Egyptian pyramid and a Wild West day, with forts, lassoing and ending with a bean stew! Towards the end of the school year, full days out have allowed for more ambitious projects, like building and riding survival rafts and our seaside day, complete with a constructed swimming pool, sandy beach and palm trees, all created in the field behind school!
From building bridges and making bird feeders, to looking for minibeasts and cooking blackberries, our children enjoy a never-ending range of fun activities, while also getting lots of time for den building, clambering over logs, jumping in muddy puddles and playing hide and seek, finishing off with a warming cup of cocoa at the end of the day.
Here's a taster of what we've been up to this year!