The Great Outdoors
Our Outdoor Learning Environment.
Mrs Taylor is our green- fingered “Head Gardener” and each week she takes groups of children of all ages to help maintain and develop our Outdoor Learning Environment at Broad Oak.
The children get to experience a wide variety of activities such as planting and growing flowers, vegetables and fruit, cooking the harvested produce and creating wildlife habitats. Mrs Taylor also takes groups to do cross-curricular work in our special outdoor spaces such as the Science Garden and our new mini forest area, which the children voted to be called “The Den”.
Scarlett, Callum, Keaton, Ruby and Sky are this years ECO Warriors and will work with Mrs Taylor to help keep the school and the grounds clean and tidy as well as helping to reduce waste around the school. There will be various campaigns running throughout the year, with the first one being our tree and hedge planting on Friday 16th September 2016. It is hoped that this will help encourage wildlife to the school grounds. Look out for the photos on the website.
Have a look at all the fantastic things we get up to:
Creating A Wild Flower Habitat In The Science Garden.
We created our wild flower habitat using reclaimed tree trunks, branches and compost from our own compost bins. We then planted British wild flowers Valerian, Red Clover, Ribwort Plantian, Rough Hawkbit and Black Knapweed whose flowers are attractive to bumble bees and other nectar feeding insects.
Art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Groups of children created their own pieces of art using natural materials which they gathered off the ground. We photographed them before leaving them to decay which is the natural process.
The children have been planting seeds to create new wild flower areas as well as tidying the garden areas around the school.