Learning outside the classroom
Although we are a rural school, we still value our outdoor spaces at Westbury Leigh and seek to utilise every centimetre! For example, we keep chickens, maintain thriving vegetable plots and planters around our school grounds, and have willow sculptures and a sensory garden (Swan’s nest) which lends itself to outdoor Circle Times and reading buddies.
Alongside our topic-based learning approach, teachers plan elements of outdoor learning. Broadly, this falls into two categories; learning IN the outdoors and learning ABOUT the outdoors. As well as using our immediate environment, we capitalise on the great local venues on our doorstep, such as Longleat, Westonbirt Arboretum, Stourhead and Bowood House and gardens. Further afield, our residential school journeys, which are offered in year 4 and 6, have strong outdoor elements embedded in their programmes. For example, in Year 4, the children have opportunities to paddle canoes, shelter build, problem solve and tackle high/low rope challenges.