Learning at HOHS does not take place only within our classrooms; we believe that every child should experience the world beyond as an essential part of learning and personal development. Recent research has highlighted the many benefits of outdoor learning, particularly for young children – and our extensive woods and grounds provide the perfect environment. From Nursery to Year 6 we are able to capture and build on children’s natural interest, enthusiasm and natural curiosity through an exciting range of hands-on outdoor learning activities.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make the most of our wonderful grounds at playtime, including our woods with play fort and child-friendly trees to climb, fields, Friendship Garden and orchard with many local varieties of apples, pears and cherry trees.
Gardener Mr Young gets the children involved in planting and growing projects, and we have our own beehive producing honey and wildlife pond for pond-dipping and other min-beast adventures.
Teachers and after-school club organisers also regularly make use of our gardens and grounds for exciting outdoor learning in all seasons, introducing the children to many activities to enhance every aspect of the curriculum.
Outdoor learning experiences are often remembered for a lifetime. Integrating learning and outdoor experiences, whether through play in the immediate grounds or adventures further afield, provides relevance and depth to the curriculum in ways that are difficult to achieve indoors. Learning outdoors can be enjoyable, creative, challenging and adventurous and helps children learn by experience and grow as confident and responsible citizens who value and appreciate the natural environment.