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The great outdoors

There’s so much for youngsters to do outside at Prestfelde School – with acres of space to run around in and a purpose-built forest school on site.

Thirty acres of forest and green space to run around gives pupils at Prestfelde access to wonderful outdoor education right on the doorstep in the middle of Shrewsbury.

The school champions outdoor learning in all weathers and looks to give pupils as much fun in the fresh air as possible, starting early with its pay-as-you-go Forest School Tots for under 5s to attend with parents.

The Prestfelde forest school site has a mud kitchen for little-ones to experiment and explore at their own pace in an environment full of sensory diversity, as well as a bonfire area for group singing and storytelling. Children aged 3-7 visit the woodland regularly throughout the year in all weathers, led by specially train forest school leaders.

By continually igniting their imagination, forest school lessons inspire children to explore and investigate nature and fuel their curiosity about the world around them.

Outdoor learning at Prestfelde extends to trips off site, with a recent visit to Attingham Park for Little P, which saw them join a hunt for Percy the Park Keeper, whilst jumping in muddy puddles and collecting apples. There is also a Conservation Club, which children can opt to join after school –children go hunting for bugs in the grounds and examine slugs and toads!

From Middle School onwards, children work towards The John Muir Award – a national environment and conservation award, which encourages children to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. Prestfelde is one of only a very few schools in the country to roll out all three levels of the award through the school. Through the scheme, young people discover wild places, explore them, do something to conserve them and then share their experiences. Pupils visit sites such as the Rea Brook Nature Reserve, Wood Lane Recycling Centre and Nipstone Nature Reserve, working with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Prestfelde Head, Fiona Orchard, said: “We recognise that, as well as the obvious mental health and wellbeing benefits, outdoor learning helps children gain knowledge of the environment, sustainable living, and protecting the world around them.

“We are always so proud to see each child thrive, as they develop a wealth of skills that they can bring back into the classroom and apply to everyday life.”

 

 

 

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